News Alert

Virginia Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1

Good afte2rnoon, it’s Dr. Wright. Please see the official press release below regarding yesterday’s confirmed case of EHV-1 in Chesterfield county. While we are taking the issue very seriously, there is no cause for alarm for the general horse population in Virginia. The owner of the premises has done a fantastic job of immediately quarantining her property and has worked diligently with the State Veterinarian’s Office and Three Oaks Equine Veterinary Services to confirm that all exposed horses have been identified and owners notified. There are stringent management measures in place to monitor and immediately identify any additional horses currently residing on the quarantined property that begin to show signs of illness (none so far). Please don’t hesitate to visit the links below to learn more about biosecurity and EHV-1, and please don’t hesitate to call me with any questions or concerns that you have.

VDACS Press Release

February 1, 2018

Virginia Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1

Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686 The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has confirmed a diagnosis of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in a horse in central Virginia. On Wednesday January 31, the State Veterinarian’s Office at VDACS confirmed that a horse exhibiting neurological signs and a fever tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), the causative virus for EHM.

The horse is housed in a horse-boarding stable in Chesterfield County, which has been placed under quarantine. All exposed horses are being monitored twice daily for fever (temperature over 101.50 F) and other clinical signs, and VDACS will be working with the stable’s owner to determine if any exposed horses have left the premises.

There is no cause for alarm concerning the general horse population in Virginia. EHV-1 is a virus that is present in the environment and found in most horses all over the world. Horses typically are exposed to the virus at a young age with no serious side effects. A large percent of horses carry the virus with no clinical signs for the remainder of their lives. Rarely, exposed horses develop the neurologic form of the disease.

The Equine Disease Communications Center Biosecurity has more information on best practices for disease prevention in horses and VDACS has more information on EHV-1 here. Horse owners ma2018-02-01y also contact VDACS’ Office of Veterinary Services at 804.786.2483.

2018-02-01     2:36:24 PM