Contagious Disease Hits Kansas Horses

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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At least six mares in south-central Kansas are part of a growing number of horses in 28 states exposed to a contagious equine disease.

The Kansas Livestock Commission said it contacted owners of the
mares this week. Commissioner George Teagarden said his office is
still investigating whether other animals could be infected with
the disease, contagious equine metritis.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said 12 stallions and 83
mares in 28 states have contracted the condition since it first
emerged in December.

Teagarden said the Kansas mares are traced back to three
infected stallions in Indiana.

The highly contagious animal disease can result in temporary
infertility and cause mares to abort their young, but does not
affect other animals or humans.

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