Botulism outbreak kills 23 horses

Twenty-three horses died from botulism at Whistlin' Willow Farm in Maine, and officials think the cause was moist silage containing Clostridium botulinum, whose toxin can rapidly kill a horse. Officials are working to ensure the animal carcasses, which contain the toxin, do not contaminate the water table. Large-scale horse die-offs from botulism are rare but have occurred before in the U.S. and can be prevented by feeding appropriately stored feed and having horses vaccinated for botulism.

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Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) · Kennebec Journal (Maine)

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