Ohio EHV-1 Update: Two More Deaths

Equine Herpesvirus type 1 has claimed the lives of two more horses in the outbreak at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, bringing the total number of fatalities to 12. The two horses had been down and in critical condition at The Ohio State University last week. University of Findlay officials sent the following update this afternoon (Feb. 3) on the situation.  

February 3, 2003
English Equestrian Complex Update

This is to update you on the situation regarding the disease outbreak at The University of Findlay's James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex, which houses the University's English equestrian riding program.

Equine Herpes Type 1 virus has been identified as the causative agent of the outbreak, with the specific strain still being determined.

Twelve horses have died or been euthanized, the most recent ones being two horses that were being treated at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Last week, seven horses presented with fever, and tests have shown that it is likely the same virus, although the specific strain is yet unknown. One horse came down with fever today. None of the horses with fever have yet to show any of the neurological signs that the 12 deceased horses exhibited, and some with recent fevers have improved.

It is still believed that the virus has been contained to the English riding facility, which remains under quarantine. The facility will not open for classes until three weeks after the last symptoms present. All activities at the English riding facility have been canceled through early April, and the western riding facility also remains quarantined as a precautionary measure.
The University of Findlay's veterinarians have continued to consult with The Ohio State University and other experts and agencies in order to provide the best possible care to the horses and prevent spread to other horse populations

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