Test for CEM

USDA hopes to show the prevalence of the contagious equine metritis disease.

Provided by American Horse Council

The United State Department of Agriculture has announced a voluntary program to test up to 3,000 breeding stallions for Taylorella equigenitalis, the bacteria that causes contagious equine metritis, or CEM.  The program will be implemented immediately by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in an effort to document that the presence of CEM is very low, if it is present at all, and to reduce or remove current testing requirements for horses and semen exported from the United States.

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This voluntary program is in response to the ongoing CEM incident involving approximately 991 horses found in 48 states. Hawaii and Rhode Island are the only states in which an exposed or positive horse has not been found.

Owners will be able to provide their stallions for testing on a voluntary basis. APHIS will pay for the diagnostic testing, but not for sample collection costs or test mares. If a stallion is found positive, the horse will be quarantined, and APHIS will pay all costs and procedures related to tracing, testing and treatment (including practitioner fees) for horses exposed to a positive stallion. Stallion owners or accredited equine practitioners interested in participating in this program can get more information here or here. Read the complete announcement or review some frequently asked questions and answers.

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