Contagious equine metritis (CEM) is an extremely contagious venereal disease that is acquired primarily via breeding. While this disease can be carried by either mares or stallions, it is the mare that suffers the ill effects of the infection. Stallions do not show any symptoms of CEM, but mares often will have a thick discharge from the vagina, and will be unable to conceive during the point at which the infection is active.
This is generally a non-lethal disease, and even if left untreated, the mare's system will typically clear the infection on its own over a few weeks time. Blood tests can identify the infection, but it may only indicate that the mare has had the infection, and not whether the infection is still active.
CEM is a bacterial disease caused by Taylorella equigenitalis, and can be treated with antibacterial washes, which is recommended.
Cost of the tests are R400 per horse ( two tests ) and for each person’s own account.
For inquiries regarding your CEM Certificate, please contact Genie at 012 529 8068
To confirm whether a stallion has a CEM-exemption certificate, please visit the following website www.cemsa.co.za
See also the letter below in which Dr. G Aldrich asked questions about the matter, and the responses received to his questions.
|1.||CEM Outbreak in January 2017||16 February 2017|
|2.||Feedback from CEM Working Group Meeting||16 August 2016|
|3.||Review of CEM Surveillance Protocol||10 May 2016|
|4.||CEM Annual Screening Continued||16 September 2015|
|5.||CEM in South Africa Update||11 August 2014|
|6.||Continued CEM Screening||21 May 2012|
|7.||CEM Screening Manual||17 May 2012|
|8.||CEM Outbreak in South Africa||24 October 2011|
|9.||Questions from Dr G Aldrich||19 August 2011|
|10.||CEM Swab Submission Form||17 August 2011|
|11.||CEM Procedural Manual||5 August 2011|
|12.||CEM Stallion Screening||5 August 2011|