Number of horses with equine herpesvirus grows at Fair Grounds

So we’re asking everyone at the racetrack to stay on top of the bio-security measures that are already in place. Officials from the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA), which hosted the Utah event, says it received credible, but unconfirmed, reports of cases not only in Colorado and Washington, but also in Oregon, Arizona, California and Western Canada. “Don’t use the same brushes, don’t use the same halters, don’t use the same buckets, rakes. So far, no animals have exhibited a fever attributable to EHV-1, which would be an early warning of the virus. Caretakers can spread the virus to horses if their hands, clothing, shoes or vehicles are contaminated, the department said in a statement. The department said EHM was last detected at the Fair Grounds in 2008. Consider vaccinating at risk healthy, afebrile horses on the premises to which exposed horses are returning.

Horses can be infected with nEHV-1 and not show any clinical signs, but still shed the virus and infect other horses. Baugh said the strain of equine herpesvirus was identified by Texas A&M University officials as EHV-4. However, fever may not be present in all neurogenic clinical cases. “We do stay aware of it, and we definitely want to make sure our boarders and our people that go to different shows are safe,” said Ballanger. At the FTI Consulting Wellington Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, Equestrian Sport Productions announced that the two horses who were tested for EHV-1 after coming in contact with a horse that had tested positive for EHV-1 (not the neurological strain) and were in Federation Equestre International (FEI) stabling at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center were found negative. Additional information is available regarding equine herpesvirus is available at the American Association of Equine Practitioners website at or by calling CCPHSD Animal Management at (928) 679-8756, toll-free at (877) 679-7272. You may still ride and move your horses, unless you or your horse have been in contact with one of the horses that participated at the National Cutting Horse Championships.

Share with Us – We’d love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism. Most horses become mildly to moderately neurologic and stabilize rapidly. Darien, DVM, MS, experienced the outbreak firsthand when a horse admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM) was diagnosed with the neurological form of EHV-1, one of five types of EHV, and subsequently euthanized. “In several of the outbreaks the affected horses were moved off-site to an isolated area, thereby reducing the viral challenge for horses initially housed in the same barn as the affected horse. The results demonstrated that DNA and ALVAC vaccination markedly reduced virus excretion after challenge in terms of duration and magnitude, but failed to protect against cell-associated viremia. There are 2 forms of EHV-1. The event was put on by a local club.

Individual horse and barn bio-security is very important. There is no need to change your lifestyle or take steps to prevent recurrences until you know whether or not you are going to get any. Child and Adult Care Food Program Week — Division of Food and Nutrition Director Rose Tricario commemorated Child and Adult Care Food Program Week on March 18 with a visit to HomeFront, a homeless shelter in Ewing Township. The fourth less common variety can cause a neurological disease leading to paralysis. 21. For more information on healthy vaccination protocol please visit the DePaolo Equine Concepts Health Library. With the exception of the index and direct contact horses’ premises the state veterinarian is not recommending movement or event restrictions.

The virus is generally passed from horse to horse when affected animals sneeze or cough, and contact with nasal secretions. Most STIs are either preventable or treatable like syphilis, gonorrhoea, hepatitis B, and chlamydia, while others may recur (e.g. The first two horses to contract EHV-1, which morphs from a typical-seeming upper-respiratory infection into a serious neurological sickness, both died from the virus (the first horse was euthanized), but three other horses who tested positive for EHV-1 remained in stable condition Thursday, Folker-Calderon said. Two of the horses were trained by Michael Aro and the other two by Ron Dandy, who are both stabled in Barn 30. 29 (5): 1128–32. J. The 2011 NBQA, led by scientists from Colorado State University and Texas A&M University, is designed to collect and analyze information from cooler audits in the packing sector, face-to-face interviews with beef supply chain partners and for the first time cattle producers including feeders, stockers, cow-calf operators, and seedstock producers will be surveyed.

The sequenced herpesviral PCR product was compared with GenBank sequences, obtaining 98% homology (p-distance of 0.02) with Human herpesvirus 1 (herpes simplex virus 1 or HSV-1). The owner of the febrile horse violated quarantine and trailered this horse to an offsite home premises.