Horse Health

EHV-1 Outbreak

In 2011, cases of EHV-1, or equine herpesvirus-1, were rampant following two large events held in Utah. This May, several confirmed cases of EHV-1 have surfaced in Mississippi, Colorado, Tennessee and Kentucky.


In 2011, cases of EHV-1, or equine herpesvirus-1, were rampant following two large events held in Utah. This May, several confirmed cases of EHV-1 have surfaced in Mississippi, Colorado, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee cases appear to stem from horses that attended the Bucksnort Trail Ride held April 23-30 in Humphreys County, Tennessee. According to the American Quarter Horse Association, the event drew more than 100 horses from multiple states. However, the confirmed Colorado case is not linked to an equine event.

Since cases were confirmed in early May, three horses have died or been euthanized from EHV-1 symptoms in Mississippi and four in Kentucky. The horses displaying symptoms of the disease show neurologic signs. Horses with symptoms of EHV-1 can display respiratory or neurologic signs, and once identified are confined and quarantined.

The 2011 outbreak led to the cancellation of numerous equine events around the country. For updates and information on EHV-1, continue to visit westernhorseman.com, as we follow these emerging stories.

Visit the following links for information on EHV-1, recognizing the signs and how best to travel safely between equine events.

http://www.aqha.com/en/Showing/News-Articles/05102012-EHV1-Outbreak.aspx

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