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Mal seco, a grass sickness-like syndrome of horses in Argentina

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Mal seco is a grass sickness-like syndrome of horses which has mainly been observed in Patagonia, Argentina, although some reports indicate that the disease may exist in other Argentinian provinces and in the south of Chile. The aetiology ofmal seco remains unknown but the disease seems to be restricted to animals grazing on natural pastures and not receiving supplementary feeding.Mal seco is clinically characterized by total or partial bowel stasis and the main findings at post-mortem examination are almost exclusively restricted to the bowel. The most striking histopathological changes found consisted of degenerative changes in the coeliaco-mesenteric ganglia and also in other central and peripheral structures of the nervous system.

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Uzal, F.A., Robles, C.A. Mal seco, a grass sickness-like syndrome of horses in Argentina. Vet Res Commun 17, 449–457 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01839212

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Keywords

  • aetiology
  • epidemiology
  • grass sickness
  • mal seco
  • Patagonia
  • pathology