A recent disease outbreak of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHV-1) has been traced to horses who attended the National Cutting Horse Associations’
Owners of horses who participated in the Odgen, Utah and horses now exposed to those horses who have returned from this event to monitor their horses for clinical signs of disease. A rectal temperature in excess of 102F commonly precedes other clinical signs. Therefore, we are urging owners to take temperatures on each individual horse(s) twice a day. If a temperature above 102F is detected contact your private practitioner immediately. Laboratory submission of nasal swabs and blood samples collected from the exposed horse can be utilized for virus detection and isolation.
The EHV-1 organism spreads quickly from horse to horse and the neurologic form of the virus can reach high morbidity and mortality rates. There are confirmed cases and deaths in several states including Arizona (Rio Verde and Prescott). The incubation period of EHV-1 is typically 2-10 days. In horses infected with the neurologic strain of EHV-1, clinical signs may include: nasal discharge, incoordination, hind end weakness, recumbency, lethargy, urine dribbling and diminished tail tone. Prognosis depends on severity of signs and the period of recumbency. There is no specific treatment for EHV-1. Treatment may include intravenous fluids, anti-inflammatory drugs and other appropriate supportive treatment. Currently, there is no equine vaccine that has a label claim for protection against the neurological strain of the virus.
This virus is airborne. Horse-
For Additional Information check the website of the American Association of Equine Practitioners:
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 03:24 | Written by Joey Ogburn, President and Founder of the Luv Shack Ranch Horse Rescue. Please visit: http://www.luvshackranch.net/
or call 623-205-8528.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 18 May 2011 03:31)
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