Additional Tennessee Horses Confirmed Positive for EHV-1

Five additional horses have tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in conjunction with the case that placed the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center (UTVMC) under quarantine, according to a statement from the hospital. No new cases have been diagnosed at the UTVMC.

"Independent tests have confirmed six horses in total have been diagnosed with EHV-1, all from a single location," the statement read, adding that the home premise of all six confirmed EHV-1 cases is the Dixie Stampede Show located in Pigeon Forge.

The index case was admitted to the UT Veterinary Medical Center on Sept. 15.

"Our laboratory and an outside independent laboratory have both confirmed that the index horse that was euthanized within hours of being admitted was positive for the neurotrophic (neurologic) form of EHV-1," said Sandra Harbison, media relations director for UTVMC.

The hospital is currently in the midst of a seven-day quarantine implemented by the Tennessee State Veterinarian and a self-imposed 14-day quarantine, both of which began on Sept. 16.

The newly confirmed cases have not been admitted to the UT Veterinary Medical Center, but were confirmed positive on the same premises the index case had been residing. The statement indicated that the horses are quarantined and recovering at the Dixie Stampede. The clinical signs the newly confirmed horses displayed--if any--were not reported.

"In working with local veterinarians and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, our equine faculty has not identified any cases of EHV-1 outside the index premise," the statement added.

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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