EHV-1 Found at Durham County Stable
Story Date: 6/30/2016

The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus, EHV-1, has been confirmed in a horse at a stable in Durham County. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services put the stable under a temporary quarantine last week when the horse initially began showing signs of illness. Lab results confirmed the diagnosis Tuesday and the stable will remain under a full quarantine for at least 21 days until veterinarians are sure that all horses are free of the disease.

        The horse, a 21-year-old thoroughbred has been responding well to veterinary treatment. All owners who have horses at the stable have been contacted.

        "We have been working with the stable owner and are confident that this virus is under control," said Dr. Mike Neault, NCDA&CS director of livestock programs. "We are working with the local veterinarian to watch for signs of illness in other horses at the stable. There is no reason for other horse owners in the area to be alarmed."

         EHV-1 is highly contagious among horses, but poses no threat to humans. It most often causes respiratory infections in young horses, but different strains can also pose neurologic problems. The virus also can cause abortion in pregnant horses or neonatal death. Vaccines are available that protect horses from most forms of EHV-1, but not from the strains that cause neurologic problems.

         Horse owners should take basic biosecurity precautions whenever they travel with their horses. Water and feed buckets should be disinfected and not shared. Stalls and trailers should also be cleaned and disinfected regularly to prevent the spread of disease. New additions or those returning from shows and exhibitions should be isolated for three weeks prior to commingling with other horses upon returning home. Horse owners should also talk with their veterinarian to determine a vaccine schedule

courtesy of the NCDofAg&CS

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