Horse killer

Search for cause of deaths of foals in Kentucky

source: New Scientist May 10 2001 p17

Some 400 foals have died or been miscarried in Kentucky, where the US horse racing industry is especially important. Some half the foals have tested positive for Streptococcus bacteria. This could be a result of secondary infections, according to researchers from Kentucky University, who believe that diet could be a factor. A fungal toxin may have killed the foals, researchers believe.