TV: Devastating mystery illness hits California horses — “Nobody will even tell us what it is” — Skin falling off, covered in painful lesions, eyes swollen shut, liver damage, fainting — Expert: Never seen anything like it in 40 year career (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)


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TV: Devastating mystery illness hits California horses — “Nobody will even tell us what it is” — Skin falling off, covered in painful lesions, eyes swollen shut, liver damage, fainting — Expert: Never seen anything like it in 40 year career (PHOTOS & VIDEOS) (ENENews, Aug 15, 2014):

Daily Press, Aug 5, 2014 (emphasis added):  MYSTERY ILLNESS — Alyssa Langel[‘s] three-year-old horse […] has large patches of skin exposed. [Owners] remain unsure what caused many horses to manifest swollen eyes and lips, as well as blisters […] They heard of a similar outbreak affecting other horse communities in California.

CBS, Aug 6, 2014 (h/t Anonymous tip): There’s a mystery about what’s making dozens of horses sick here in Southern California. >> Watch it here

Kendall Melline, owner of sick horses: “It’s devastating… I’ve got my national champion, who her entire body, her entire first layer of skin is going to fall off.” […] She’s not seen any improvement in Bunny and is very concerned.

Melline: “Her eyes are swollen almost completely shut… I’ve heard about 70 other horses have come down with something like this.”

Stephanie Dorn, owner of sick horses: “I don’t know what this even is… She has mouth sores all over […] her lips are just swollen humongous… I’ve never seen anything like this… Nobody will even tell us what it is… it’s heartbreaking.”

Chuck Burt, feed store owner: “Speaking with professionals, veterinarians and toxicologists up in UC Davis, it is a mystery” […] “It’s the first time I’ve seen it. It’s the first time a lot of people have seen it.”

Deborah Jasper, owner of sick horses: Four of her horses showed burns… one [has] high levels of protein in the liver, which may lead to organ damage… “This has been a nightmare.”

The Horse, Aug 7, 2014: The horses can also experience liver damage […]

Press Enterprise, Aug 12, 2014: [Brian Cockerton’s] two horses had […] rashes and burn lesions […]  lesions spread over most of the horses’ bodies [and they’re] in pain. “It’s horrible […] dozens of cases [are] affecting horses in a widespread area of Southern California in at least the past 2 1/2 weeks. […] There may well be many more unreported cases, [an official] added. […] hair and skin – later began falling off in big patches [and one] fainted twice while being washed […] A farrier told Cockerton he hasn’t seen anything like it in 40 years of shoeing horses.

CBS, Aug 6, 2014: UC Davis tested the hay and it came back clean. They say it’s possible this was just an anomaly. >> Watch it here

Press Enterprise, Aug 12, 2014: Toxicologists have not definitively identified [anything in the horses’ food, said state official Dr. Kent Fowler], describing it as a “very odd occurrence.”

ABC News, Aug 4, 2014: Mystery at the Racetrack; 10 Horses Dead this Season — A growing mystery at one of America’s most popular horse tracks, Del Mar in Southern California. […] ‘Chattering Gambler’ died of an apparent heart attack, the tenth to die since the racing season opened at Del Mar 3 weeks ago. Three from natural causes […] “When you have ten horses dying, and can’t pinpoint one thing or another, it is a mystery.” […] These mystery maladies could be a public-relations nightmare for the track >> Watch it here

See also: Japan Newspaper: “Horses became weak and died, one by one, from an unknown cause” at farm in Fukushima

6 thoughts on “TV: Devastating mystery illness hits California horses — “Nobody will even tell us what it is” — Skin falling off, covered in painful lesions, eyes swollen shut, liver damage, fainting — Expert: Never seen anything like it in 40 year career (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)”

  1. I grew up around horses, champions that raced at top level tracks all over the country. I am horrified at what I am seeing……….people spend millions on them, and do everything to take good care of them. When they travel, they ride in air conditioned horse trailers, they are really loved, not just because they are champion runners, but because many of us love them. These poor beauties…….the Spanish brought them to this country, they were never here before. They have a rich history, and this just breaks my heart. So many people taught their young responsibility by providing them horses to care about.
    They can live a long time, 25+ years, depending on what breed they are, and a thousand other factors. But, a disease for which there is no name or cure, and a government that won’t acknowledge the source of illness……this is pure madness.
    Who is next?
    How can people sit around and do nothing?
    How I have grown to hate living……..

  2. Might want to import their feed from the midwest, if its not too late.
    Also check radiation levels, and Monsanto involvement. GMO and a new pesticide may be in play. Its ALL FDA safe till animals and people die at a high rate.

    Guess the horse owners will find the cause. No one else will even look.

    Start at the hospitals and see whats coming in.

  3. high levels of protein in the liver; Well there must be very high levels in the blood.

    Sometimes an abnormal level of protein in your blood is detected well before symptoms of liver or kidney disease begin to appear. If total protein levels are abnormal, further testing is done to identify which specific protein is too low or too high so that an accurate diagnosis can be made.
    Many different things can cause abnormally high protein levels such as viral hepatitis, heart failure, inherited liver diseases, fatty liver- fat build –up in liver cells, liver inflammation from medications and certain herbs. So if you can find some of the things you thing have caused your increased level of liver proteins (for example certain medications) It is usually an indication of liver cell injury. It may also be elevated due to lysis of red cells.

    Possible causes of high blood protein include:

    A bone marrow condition
    Dehydration (which may make blood proteins appear falsely elevated)
    Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance
    Multiple myeloma

  4. To Dad:
    Great points. Are you a doctor or scientist?
    I find it disturbing that medical people as well as the political leaders won’t address the problem of Fukushima regardless we now confront a dead ocean.
    The Pacific provides 50% of the world’s supply of oxygen, it is the largest ocean in the world.
    Look where the horses live…….and nobody will address the problem… is radioactive poisoning. Look at what is happening to the people and animals in Japan., is a great source of information as well as this site.
    These horses have a very special breeding, it is very unlikely they would get hiv or anything like that through their blood lines. They are well cared for, they are kept with plenty of water and high grade feed. They even get comfortable showers……they have better care than most people.

  5. I am praying that UC Davis and/or a private/individual radiation test service will do radiation testing on these horses to see if radiation is causing this problem with the horses. The few symptoms that were given are eerily similar as radiation sickness in humans…..
    Here is an article from July 7, 2014 about Japanese cows having spots on them. No pictures, but an article.
    I have no proof that the west coast of the USA is being plagued radiation myself. All I am doing is observing and reading all these articles on the internet. However, it is really strange to read the articles that say there is no radiation and then read an article from Live Science .com February 24, 2014 that states “Fukushima’s Radioactive Ocean Water Arrives At West Coast”. An reading the article about the cows in Japan…. That would tend to make one believe there is debunking going on. Seemingly to not cause a panic in regards to perhaps radiation could be the problem on the West Coast. Looking at maps on the internet showing there are supposedly many states of USA someone has apparently researched and found radiation in these states. I don’t know how much but there is radiation according to the maps due to the Fukushima leakage.
    If it were me and I had livestock with these symptoms, I would hire a private/independent radiation testing service and get the animals tested. God Speed to all involved.
    I wanted to share one last article that I read last year: When I read it I never forgot most of the words that were written, especially these “And something else. The boat’s vivid yellow paint job, never faded by sun or sea in years gone past, reacted with something in the water off Japan, losing its sheen in a strange and unprecedented way.”


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