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Notifiable disease
Contagious equine metritis organism confirmed in Gloucestershire
  1. Sidney Ricketts1,
  2. James Crowhurst2,
  3. Richard Newton3 and
  4. Nigel Gibbens4
  1. Veterinary Advisor, Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, Rossdales, Beaufort Cottage Stables, High Street, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 8JS
  2. Veterinary Advisor, Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, Newmarket Equine Hospital, Cambridge Road, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 0FG
  3. Head of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance, Animal Health Trust, Lanwades Park, Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7UU
  4. Chief Veterinary Officer, Defra, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR
  1. e-mail: sidney.ricketts{at}

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DEFRA has confirmed the isolation of Taylorella equigenitalis (the contagious equine metritis organism [CEMO]) by identification of the agent using PCR and culture from clitoral swab samples taken from an asymptomatic 15-year-old thoroughbred mare in Gloucestershire.

According to the owner, this retired National Hunt race mare has never been covered by a thoroughbred stallion and has never been pregnant, but was unsuccessfully inseminated with semen from a non-thoroughbred stallion last season. This …

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