New EHV-1 Case Confirmed, Not Related to Outbreak

The Texas Animal Health Commission issued a press release late Friday (May 27) indicating that a new case of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) had been confirmed in the state; however, animal health officials do not believe that the new case is related to the ongoing EHV-1 outbreak.

"A Quarter Horse racehorse stabled in Ector County (located in Western Texas) displayed neurologic symptoms consistent with the disease, and ultimately tested positive for EHV-1," the release stated. "All horses on the premises are under quarantine and will be managed according to USDA recommendations for confirmed cases. Additional information is being gathered to determine if any other horses were exposed."

Initial investigations indicated that there was no connection with the current outbreak in the western United States and Canada (which is believed to have stemmed from a cutting horse championship competition recently held in Utah), the press release noted.

"Regarding the (Utah) event, there are currently 12 known horses in Texas that attended the event and 174 (stablemates) remaining under movement restrictions," the release continued.

Eight facilities throughout Texas are currently under quarantine in connection with the EHV-1 outbreak in the following counties: Randall in Northern Texas, Jack and Parker in Northeast Texas, Mills in Central Texas, and Kerr in South Central Texas.

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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