State Vet’s Word on EHV-1

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State Vet’s Word on EHV-1

By now, everyone in the horse world knows about the EHV-1 outbreak, but here are some words from Dr. Leonard Eldridge, state veterinarian with Washington State Department of Agriculture.  

Clinical signs may include: nasal discharge, in-coordination, hind-end weakness, recumbency, lethargy, urine dribbling and diminished tail tone. There is no specific treatment or vaccine for EHV-1.

Immediate separation and isolation of suspected cases and implementation of appropriate biosecurity measures are key elements for disease control.

Biosecurity points: isolate new animals and those returning to home premises, supply clean feed and water, implement infection control practices for visitors/personnel, avoid movement, isolate sick horses, and contact your vet.

If there is a confirmed or suspect case, enforce a “no movement” policy to help stop the spread. No outside horses should come in, and no resident horses should go out, for 28 days after the last fever or case of EHV-1 is identified. Visitors and service people should be limited to only what is absolutely necessary.

EHV-1 is a Notifiable Disease to the Washington State Veterinarian’s office. Any person with confirmation of a case of EHV-1 should call 360-902 1881, 360-902-1835, or 360-902-1878 to report the disease and please leave a message with contact information.


Published July 2011 Issue

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