Illinois EHV-1: Horses Recovering at Boarding Stable

Illinois EHV-1: Horses Recovering at Boarding Stable

Photo: Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor

Horses at a boarding stable in northeastern Illinois are recovering after equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) was first confirmed at the farm in early March, according to a state animal health official.

Illinois State Veterinarian Mark Ernst, DVM, told The Horse via e-mail March 20 that three horses residing at the farm had been euthanized early in the course of the outbreak.

"All remaining affected horses are responding to treatment and are recovering," he said. "The last febrile horse at the stable was reported on March 14."

In his e-mail, Ernst said that because the outbreak occurred at a private boarding stable, the Department of Agriculture has not released the number of horses affected or individualized information regarding specific animals.

"No additional cases of EHV-1 infection have been reported to the Department outside of those at that affected stable," he added.

According to a March 20 statement on the state Department of Agriculture's website, no link has been identified between the affected horses and any organized equestrian event. Additionally, the statement noted that "increased biosecurity measures continue to be practiced at the stable."

"As always, horse owners throughout the state need to remain vigilant and consult their veterinarian any time they have questions or concerns regarding the health of their horse," the statement read.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare placed the facility under quarantine after receiving laboratory confirmation of EHV-1 infection at the premises, the organization announced on March 6.

About the Author

Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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