Thursday, May 19, 2011

Equine Herpes Virus Scare Spreads

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Update by R.T. Fitch

Rumors and Gossip May Cloud Critical Facts

Being both an Equine Advocate and a responsible horse owner I cannot help but keep an eye on the spreading news story regarding the outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus that occurred in Utah last week.  Since that time there have been reports from the bulk of the western states, including Texas, and even up into Canada of infected horses being diagnosed but one may wonder if the news media may be driving this alleged “outbreak” harder than the reality of the situation.
The virus has always been around, this is nothing new and the situation most certainly needs to be monitored and watched closely but I am beginning to detect a bit of hysteria in the air and slipping off over the edge will do the horses no justice what so ever.
So let’s watch, listen and stay in touch so that we can ensure that our equine charges will be healthy, safe and secure for many years into the future.
As an update we have included a listing of the latest, overnight breaking stories on the issue:
5 Utah horses diagnosed with equine herpes virus Salt Lake Tribune - ‎9 hours ago‎
By dawn house This weekend’s Wild Horse and Burro Festival at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park has been postponed after an outbreak of equine herpes virus was traced to an Ogden horse competition earlier this month. Preliminary lab results on Utah
Horse virus fears cancel children’s rodeo - ‎11 hours ago‎
Courtesy High River Agricultural SocietyA children’s rodeo in High River has been cancelled because of concerns about equine herpes virus. The Little Britches Rodeo was supposed to be held on May 23, but the event has been called off because the High
Highly contagious horse virus puts Kitsap equestrians on alert
Seattle Post Intelligencer - ‎11 hours ago‎
An outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus type 1, or EHV-1, has been traced to a National Cutting Horse Association event in Ogden, Utah, April 30 to May 8, which the Bremerton horse attended. According to the Washington State Department of Agriculture,
Equine Herpes Virus 1 Causes Concern
KGWN - Jade Cunningham - ‎4 hours ago‎
It sounds like it’s not a very nice virus going around, so we need to try and prevent it if we can.” The virus started in Utah, and has spread to four states including Idaho, California and neighbor Colorado. Idaho, Washington and Canada are also
Equine herpes virus found in horse
660 News - Craig Lester - ‎7 hours ago‎
A potentially deadly horse virus is causing concern for horse owners and agricultural societies across the province. The equine herpes virus (EHV) has been found in one animal in Alberta and as such, the High River Ag Society has shut down its facility
Equine herpes found in Albuquerque, Hobbs
Carlsbad Current Argus - Stella Davis - ‎5 hours ago‎
CARLSBAD — An outbreak of equine herpes virus-1 (EHV-1) traced to a recent horse event in Utah has put the horse community on alert across the United States and Canada. The disease can cause respiratory and neurological problems as well
Clackamas County horse confirmed sick with potentially deadly equine herpes virus - Eric Mortenson - ‎8 hours ago‎
By Eric Mortenson, The Oregonian A Clackamas County horse tested positive for a potentially deadly strain of equine herpes virus, and two others at the same farm may have been exposed to the disease, the Oregon Department of Agriculture said.
Coastside Horses on Lockdown Following Equine Virus Outbreak - Kristine Wong, Camden Swita - ‎37 minutes ago‎
Ranch owners along the Coastside have quarantined their horses in the wake of news that 800 horses from several Western states were likely exposed to a neurological form of equine herpes virus (EHV-1) at the National Cutting Horse Association’s Western
Horse illness cancels High River rodeo - ‎16 hours ago‎
The High River Agricultural Society will be closing their facility for precautionary measures due to an outbreak of EHV-1 (Equine Herpes Virus) for 21 days. The decision was made to protect all the animals involved in the festivities.
Arizona horse contracts equine herpes virus (blog) - Angela Gonzales - ‎9 hours ago‎
An Arizona horse contracted a herpes virus that it may have gotten at a championship event in Utah a few weeks ago. The Arizona Department of Agriculture received confirmation last night of Equine Herpes Virus, or EHV-1, in the horse, which has showed
Hundreds attend information session on horse herpes virus
AZFamily - Stacey Delikat - ‎3 hours ago‎
Hundreds of horse owners stood in the pouring rain Wednesday night for an information session about equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). So far one horse is confirmed dead from the virus, and at least three others are infected.
Horse Owners Trying To Stop Spread Of Equine Herpes Virus
NBC Montana - Adam Painter - ‎8 hours ago‎
None of Schuler’s horses were in Utah when the herpes virus showed up. But he’s worried, after all, it’s very contagious and can be deadly. John said, “Yes it’s life threatening, and that is a problem among people we know. Some of them have lost horses
Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus -1 Reported In The United States And Canada
Standardbred Canada - ‎11 hours ago‎
Equine Canada’s Health and Welfare Committee is notifying horse owners that Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus-1 (nEHV-1) has been reported in horses in the United States, with confirmed cases in Alberta (1) and British Columbia (3).
Equine Virus Outbreak Elicits Caution, Not Panic in Woodside - Dave Colby - ‎33 minutes ago‎
An outbreak of EHV-1 (Equine Herpes Virus) during a cutting horse event in Ogden, Utah on April 29 – May 8 has put some horse owners in the western portions of the United States on guard. Horses exhibiting symptoms associated with EHV-1 such as high
Six confirmed cases of horses with Equine Herpesvirus in Colorado
Ag Journal - ‎11 hours ago‎
The Colorado Department of Agriculture continues to investigate the spread of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) within the state. • Five of the confirmed EHV-1 positive horses had recently attended the National Cutting Horse Association’s Western National
Ore. finds horse testing positive for virus
San Jose Mercury News - ‎9 hours ago‎
The horses have been quarantined and so far have not shown any symptoms of the disease known as equine herpes virus. Authorities have said that 18 Oregon horses were at the National Cutting Horse Association’s Western National Championship held
Horse being treated for equine herpesvirus in Snohomish
HeraldNet - Gale Fiege - ‎10 hours ago‎
“This virus is endemic among horse populations. It’s like herpes in humans. If you get stressed, you get a cold sore,” Mollat said. “But it has become more aggressive over the years. The concern about death among horses is a newer development.
Texas takes steps to keep scary horse virus from spreading here
Houston Chronicle (blog) - ‎12 hours ago‎
The NCHA continues to closely monitor the situation of reported cases of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) that were reportedly first clinically diagnosed in horses that attended the NCHA Western National Championships in Ogden, Utah conducted April 29 – May
Equine herpes virus outbreak grows; California state veterinarian confirms 10 …
DVM 360 - Daniel R. Verdon, Rachael Whitcomb - ‎13 hours ago‎
National Report — The California state veterinarian’s office reports 10 new cases of equine herpes virus (EVH-1) have been confirmed today. The multi-state EHV-1 outbreak is spreading with cases now extending beyond Colorado and Washington state.
Equine herpes concerns rise in West
Western Farm Press - ‎11 hours ago‎
An outbreak of Equine Herpesvirus-1 in several Western states has raised concern that this disease that affects horses, llamas and alpacas may soon reach Oregon. An outbreak of Equine Herpesvirus-1 in several Western states has raised concern that this
Equine herpes scuttles High River rodeo
Calgary Sun - Michael Wood - ‎6 hours ago‎
The society called the move to cease operations for 21 days “a precautionary measure,” in light of a recent North American outbreak of equine herpes virus, or EHV-1. “This decision has not been made lightly but with the consultation of all stakeholders
Equine Herpesvirus Q&A
Horsetalk - ‎2 hours ago‎
It is the neurological form of Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). These so-called neuropathogenic strains of EHV-1 are known by the shorthand, nEHV-1. EHV-1 strains can actually cause four manifestations of disease, the neurological form being but one.
Equine herpes outbreak hits Western US states
Reuters - Keith Coffman, Alex Dobuzinskis - ‎May 17, 2011‎
Equine herpes virus (EHV-1) is a highly contagious disease that is spread through nasal secretions by nose-to-nose contact when horses nuzzle each other, according to Colorado State University’s college of veterinary medicine.
Veterinary associations outline strategies to respond to equine herpes virus …
DVM 360 - ‎16 hours ago‎
National Report — For veterinarians looking for guidance on the response and treatment associated with an equine herpes virus outbreak, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and American Association of Equine Practitioners have published
State Vet Confirms Horse Herpes Case In Oregon
KPTV Portland - ‎6 hours ago‎
An Oregon horse has tested positive for a neurological form of equine herpes virus-1 traced to a horse show in Utah. The state veterinarian has confirmed that the EHV-1 has been found in horse in Clackamas County that was in close contact with other
Equine Herpes Virus Outbreak Traced to Cutting Horse Show at Ogden, Utah
KCSG - Jack Wilbur - ‎15 hours ago‎
by Jack Wilbur, Contributor (Salt Lake City, UT) – The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is investigating cases of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) within the state. There have been several cases of the disease in horses from surrounding states that
Highly contagious horse virus
KLEW - Tracci Dial - ‎1 hour ago‎
Animal health experts are monitoring an outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus One. At least nine horses in the western US and Canada have been infected. The outbreak appears to have started at a Utah competition on May 8th. Some 500 horses were there.
Horse herpes forces quarantine of Colbert vet office
Northwest Cable News - Ashley Korslien - ‎7 hours ago‎
More than three hundred horses could be infected with herpes. The equine herpes virus has killed two horses in Idaho, and infected at least one horse in Washington, but some vets are saying there is no need to panic. All horses at McKinlay and Peters
Equine Virus Forcing Cancellation of Horse Competitions
KHSL - Britt Carlson - ‎7 hours ago‎
The threat of the equine herpes virus is creating a huge problem for equestrians across the nation. Most horse competitions are being cancelled or postponed. Evans says, “They can’t have people hauling in and out of their facility in case that their
Wis. state vet warns of equine herpes outbreak
Chicago Tribune - ‎May 17, 2011‎
Robert Ehlenfeldt says horses from at least 29 states — including two in Wisconsin — may have been exposed to equine herpes virus-1 at a recent Utah competition. There is no human health threat. Ehlenfeldt says horse owners need to isolate their


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