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CONTAGIOUS EQUINE METRITIS HORSE - INVESTIGATION CONCLUDED

London, 12 May/GNN/ --

DEPARTMENT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS News Release (200/05) issued by the Government News Network on 12 May 2005 A stallion, that was diagnosed as having Contagious Equine Metritis Organisim (CEMO), has now been successfully treated.

Horses that were 'at risk' or that had come into contact with the stallion have also been traced and tested. Those tests were negative.

Defra has now lifted restrictions on the Somerset premises where the stallion is kept, and the investigation has been concluded.

CEMO is a treatable venereal disease of horses, which poses no risks to human health. This case was detected in March this year through routine testing.

Previous cases of CEMO have occurred in a stallion and a mare in 2002, and a mare in 2003.

The Horserace Betting Levy Board's Code of Practice is aimed at preventing and controlling CEMO. Defra advises those intending to use horses for breeding to follow the guidelines for disease prevention that are contained in the code.

 

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