Canada Restricts US Horse Imports Amid CEM Scare

Friday, 23rd January 2009

Due to the "expanding investigation into Contagious Equine Metritis in the US, Canada announced revised import requirements for horses from the US," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. CEM (caused by a bacterium known as taylorella equigenitalis) is a sexually transmitted disease of horses & the import protocols "also pertain to semen & embryos". The US Department Of Agriculture has confirmed 9 stallions in Indiana, Kentucky, Texas & Wisconsin as positive for CEM & a further 349 horses as based at "exposed locations"; that total of 358 horses "includes 47 stallions & 311 mares located in 40 states". All CEM-positive horses & exposed horses "are currently under quarantine or hold order".

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