Why SBS Requests Disease Testing of Stallions

August 07, 2016

Posted by SBS in Disease and Health Testing

Select Breeders Services (SBS) and its affiliate labs require current negative test results for specific diseases for stallions presented to our facilities for freezing which can include Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM), Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) and Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) as well as a negative Coggins. Depending on the facility, the tests may be required prior to the stallion’s arrival or performed at the time of collection. What does all that mean and why are these negative tests necessary? In this article we will discuss the way these diseases are transmitted, how they can be prevented, why we require they be performed and provide examples of what can happen if an outbreak of these diseases occur.

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Arizona Stallion Tests Positive for CEM

July 27, 2011

Posted by SBS in Disease and Health Testing

July 26 2011 - A 4 year old Arabian stallion in Maricopa County, Arizona tested positive for contagious equine metritis (CEM) today during routine health testing required when qualifying frozen semen for international export. Five horses at the facility have been placed in quarantine and the state is working with federal partners to locate mares that have been bred to this stallion during the current breeding season.

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Update on CEM Outbreak

April 11, 2011

Posted by SBS in Disease and Health Testing

The investigations of recent Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) outbreaks in the United States are now closed. CEM is a venereally transmitted disease of horses caused by the bacterium Taylorella equigenitalis. It is commonly transmitted directly during sexual intercourse between CEM-positive mares and stallions but can also occur indirectly by artificial insemination or contact with other objects such as hands, instruments or breeding phantoms contaminated with the disease causing bacterium. 

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