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CEM Quarantine


Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) is a venereal disease caused by the bacteria Taylorella equigenitalis. It is a disease causing reproductive disorders and infertility in the equine species only. The disease is classified by the USDA as a foreign animal disease and the end goal is keeping it out of the US horse population. All mares and stallions 2 years in age or older must undergo CEM quarantine upon release from the initial import quarantine. Paragon Equine offers our services to manage your mare in quarantine at your own farm. This is done in collaboration with the state veterinarians and is surprisingly easy to accomplish. Once your facility is approved by the state veterinarian, the quarantine takes approximately 2-3 weeks to complete necessary testing assuming there are no complications. We do not offer this service to stallions as the process is much more complex and requires multiple live cover breedings.

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