EHV-1 Outbreak: Wyoming Lifts Travel Restrictions

In response to the decline of the equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak that took place in the western United States and Canada during May and June, Wyoming animal health officials have relaxed the stringent travel requirements implemented in that state in mid-May.

According to a press release issued by the state's Livestock Board, "(We) have determined that the risk of non-resident horses exposed to EHV-1 neuropathogenic disease and entering into Wyoming has receded. Effective immediately, Wyoming is rescinding their requirement for all horses entering the state to have an official health certificate issued within 72 hours of importation and the horse's temperature recorded on the certificate."

Horses entering Wyoming are still required to have an official health certificate issued within 30 days prior to entry and proof of a negative Coggins test within 12 months prior to entry.

Wyoming's first EHV-1 positive horse was reported June 22 and remains under quarantine. Another horse was euthanized after displaying clinical signs consistent with the disease.

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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