This month’s featured map illustrates cases of equine leptospiral abortions from the 2018 foal crop.

Leptospirosis is a costly disease for livestock and pet owners. Causing problems such as abortion, premature birth, blindness, and more, the disease spreads easily through nose, mouth, and eye contact.

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Individuals with questions or concerns about disease outbreaks can contact University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UKVDL) at 859/257-8283.

Jacqueline Smith, PhD, MSc, BSc, Dipl. AVES, UKVDL epidemiologist and adjunct professor of epidemiology at Lincoln Memorial University, is the founder of the UKVDL Disease Mapping Initiative, a database designed to record all infectious disease cases submitted to the UKVDL.

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