False Information Being Spread About "Mystery Disease" in Kentucky Horses

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During the past hours (sent at 2:45 p.m. on Jan. 22), the Kentucky State Veterinarian's Office has received calls describing postings on the Internet (primarily social media), as well as multiple mass emailings, falsely reporting a mysterious disease affecting horses in and around Central Kentucky.

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's Office, working cooperatively with our diagnostic laboratories, veterinary practitioners, tracks, farms and other industry individuals, have reliable disease surveillance protocols in place to detect early any threatening condition.

Please know THERE IS NO VALIDITY TO THE RUMORS THAT ARE BEING SPREAD AND WE HAVE NO ELEVATED DISEASE CONCERNS AT THIS TIME.

I appreciate your assisting us in helping to insure that factual information is provided, and feel free to contact me if you have questions.

E.S. Rusty Ford
Equine Programs Manager
Office of State Veterinarian
502/564-3956

Rusty1.ford@ky.gov