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grass sickness

[′gras ‚sik·nəs]
(veterinary medicine)
A disease of horses occurring mainly in Scotland; thought to be caused by a virus similar to the one that causes poliomyelitis in humans.
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Although previously more prevalent in the North of England, the Borders and Southern Scotland, grass sickness is now more of a nationwide issue and there is a research centre into the condition in Newmarket.
The study,carried out at the equinehospital,Leahurst,in Wirral,confirmed the link between grass sickness and a form of bacteria called Clostridium botulinum.
A study at Liverpool University funded by The Home of Rest For Horses has revealed grass sickness is strongly associated with low antibody levels to the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
Dubai Millennium won nine of his ten races as a world-beating miler, but a lucrative stud career at the Godolphin operation's Dalham Hall Stud been cut short by a fatal case of grass sickness
And events were to take a tragic turn when he succumbed to grass sickness the following year during his first season at Dalham Hall Stud.
The show, which donates to the Grass Sickness Fund and the North Eastern Air Ambulance, is unique as a breed show in the North East, popular with local owners, breeders and exhibitors, and the proceeds raised will now secure the continuance of local competition and the event's future.
Dubai Millennium, the apple of Godolphin supremo Sheikh Mohammed's eye, is suffering from an acute case of grass sickness which threatens his life.
Not long afterwards Buck House died of grass sickness during his summer break.
He was Champion B and Reserve Supreme at the Grass Sickness Show ands Reserve Youngstock Champion at the Forrester's Show.
But he went down with grass sickness last week and, despite three operations, he could not be saved.