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An epidemic of venereal infection in thoroughbreds
  1. JG O'Driscoll,
  2. PT Troy and
  3. FJ Geoghegan


The clinical pattern, bacteriological investigation and subsequent treatment of a serious outbreak of venereal disease in stud farms on both sides of the Irish Sea is described. The consistency with which Bacillus proteus was isolated from infected mares and stallions was remarkable. Prompt treatment with ampicillin, to which the organism was sensitive in vitro, eradicated the disease. No local treatment was applied.

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