Researchers at the University of Liege in Belgium have reported that the number of cases of atypical myopathy is increasing. The toxin responsible (hypoglycin A) for the disease is contained in sycamore seedlings (Acer pseudoplatanus) as well as the seeds from these trees.
At this time of year, a large number of sycamore seedlings are coming through and it is imperative that horses, ponies and donkeys do not ingest them. Horse owners are advised to check their paddocks to make sure they do not contain these seedlings. If seedlings are found, they need to be removed - you may try to mow or burn them.
Find out more about atypical myopathy and and its clinical signs.
Research at the University of Liege
Researchers at the University of Liege run the official atypical myopathy website and urge owners and vets to report cases of the disease to them to help them understand more about the circumstances surrounding these cases. If you are aware of a case of the disease, you can let them know:
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