The Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners (KAEP) met Wednesday evening, May 1, to discuss the current status of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in central Kentucky.

A few isolated cases consistent with a diagnosis of MRLS have been identified in the last seven days. At this time the numbers are significantly less than reported for the corresponding period in 2001.

It should be emphasized that the vast majority of farms have not identified any fetal losses associated with  MRLS. There have been only three sick foals presented to local equine hospitals with signs consistent with MRLS.

Based on results of a recent research study conducted at the University of Kentucky, members of the KAEP board of directors strongly emphasize the importance of restricting the exposure of mares to Eastern tent caterpillars and their frass (excrement), as previously recommended.

If you have questions, please contact:

Dr. Bill Bernard
President of the KAEP
Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital