Kentucky Disease Scare is Not True

As usual, social media can escalate a rumor into a panic.


January 22, 2014 – During the past hours, the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office has received calls describing postings on the Internet (primarily social media), as well as multiple mass e-mailings, falsely reporting a mysterious disease affecting horses in and around Central Kentucky.

E.S. Rusty Ford, Equine Programs Manager at the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office, reports that there is no validity to these rumors. 

The Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office, working cooperatively with diagnostic laboratories, veterinary practitioners, tracks, farms and other industry individuals, have reliable disease surveillance protocols in place to detect early any threatening condition. If it were valid, we would be alerted by them.

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