Early pericarditis survey results negative

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Examinations on three farms of 150 Thoroughbred yearlings indicated no sign of pericarditis, Dr. Doug Byars, head of the internal medicine unit at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary practice in Lexington, Ky., reported to The Bloodhorse.

Examinations on three farms of 150 Thoroughbred yearlings indicated nosign of pericarditis, Dr. Doug Byars, head of the internal medicine unitat Haygard-Davidson-McGee veterinary practice in Lexington, Ky., reportedto The Bloodhorse.

Byars says it is a "positive" finding and is pleased with theearly results.

Dr. Johanna Reimer, a specialist in veterinary cardiology with the Roodand Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, also reports no new acute pericarditiscases recently.

Reimer gathered figures from Rood and Riddle, Hagyard-Davidson-McGee,and the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center, which indicated that10 of the diagnosed pericarditis cases have been Thoroughbred yearlings.The Thoroughbred population in Kentucky is estimated at 9,000, translatingto just 0.1 percent of the yearlings being infected.

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