EHV-1 Confirmed in Clark Co., Nev., Horse

EHV-1 Confirmed in Clark Co., Nev., Horse

Photo: Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

A horse in Clark County, Nev., has tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), according to Nevada Acting State Veterinarian Anette Rink, DVM, PhD.

On April 17 Rink told via e-mail that the affected horse has never exhibited neurologic signs of disease and "is expected to make a full recovery." The animal is currently isolated and under quarantine, and all stablemates' temperatures are being monitored daily.

"This is an individual case, not an outbreak, and no other horses outside the premises have been exposed," she wrote.

Although it's not transmissible to humans, EHV-1 is highly contagious among horses and camelids and is generally passed from horse to horse via aerosol transmission (when affected animals sneeze/cough) and contact with nasal secretions. The disease can cause a variety of ailments in equines, including rhinopneumonitis (a respiratory disease usually found in young horses), abortion in broodmares, and myeloencephalopathy (EHM, the neurologic form).

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 three-day eventing with her OTTB, Dorado, and enjoys photography in her spare time.

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