Contagious equine metritis (CEM) affects horses, donkeys, mules, zebras and other members of the equid family. It spreads from horse to horse during mating. It can also spread when horses are artificially inseminated.
Stallions do not show clinical signs of the disease, but they can carry it. In mares you should look out for discharge from swollen genitals, especially 1-6 days after mating. Infected mares may also be temporarily infertile, so if your animal is failing to get into foal, get it examined by a vet.
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The Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries has released the annual update on Contagious Equine Metritis in South Africa. Please read this document carefully.
In summary: the current CEM testing requirements for all stallions used for breeding purposes, including artificial insemination, remain unchanged.
Below is the current version of the CEM screening manual, which is in the process of being updated.
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