Iowa Animal Health Officials Investigating EHV-1 Case

Iowa Animal Health Officials Investigating EHV-1 Case

Fever is a common clinical sign of EHV-1.

Photo: Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) has received test results confirming a single case of equine herspesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in that state.

On March 28, Dustin Vande Hoef, IDALS communications director, told The Horse that one horse residing near the community of Marion had tested positive for EHV-1 and noted that the department's investigation into the case was ongoing.

Health Alert: Equine Herpesvirus

EHV-1 is highly contagious among horses and can cause a variety of ailments, including rhinopneumonitis (a respiratory disease usually found in young horses), abortion in broodmares, and myeloencephalopathy (EHM, the neurologic form). Myeloencephalopathy is characterized by fever, ataxia (incoordination), weakness or paralysis of limbs, and incontinence. will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available.

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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