Herpesvirus Biosecurity

Paul Lunn, BVMS, MS, PhD, head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, spoke on equine herpesvirus biosecurity at a day-long meeting at the 2007 American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics on Equine Herpesviral Diseases.

While vaccines can be a valuable prevention measure, Lunn stressed the importance of other biosecurity measures. The main biosecurity measures Lunn cited to prevent EHM are entry restrictions of horses onto properties, quarantine at the time of entry, use of health certificates, breaking up the horse population on a property into smaller groups to prevent spread if infection does occur. The presentation also covered topics such as hygiene and other disease-containment strategies.