Florida Pony Positive for Contagious Equine Metritis

The mare lives in Orange County and tested positive for the causative bacterium after a uterine lavage was performed due to retained free fluid after breeding.

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A pony mare in Orange County, Florida, was recently confirmed positive for contagious equine metritis (CEM).
A pony mare in Orange County, Florida, was recently confirmed positive for contagious equine metritis (CEM). | Adobe Stock

On May 23, an 11-year-old domestic pony mare in Orange County, Florida, was confirmed positive for contagious equine metritis (CEM). The mare had been bred by live cover on May 10 to a 3-year-old pony stallion. After breeding, the mare had retained free fluid in her uterus and was treated by uterine lavage on May 13th. The uterine fluid was collected and sent for routine bacterial culture, which ultimately yielded the confirmed positive results for Taylorella equigenitalis, the causative agent of CEM. 

The mare and the stallion are both being held under state quarantine in Florida, and the stallion has been sampled for testing with results pending. Traceback and epidemiological investigation is ongoing.

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