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Determining Whether a Mare’s Antibodies Can Protect a Foal Against Lawsonia intracellularis

Lawsonia intracellularis is a bacterium that can cause severe intestinal disease in foals. Using blood samplesfrom mares and their foals, researchers from the University of Kentucky will examine the role that the mare’s immunity may play in the foal’s immunity to L. intracellularis infection. Understanding this process could lead to novel approaches to reduce the incidence of this emerging disease in foals.

Dr. David W. Horohov, University of Kentucky