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EHV-1 Case Confirmed in California Horse

 

California officials have confirmed a horse has tested positive for the non-neuropathogenic strain of the equine herpesvirus (EHV-1).
The thoroughbred is located in San Diego County, according to the California Department of Food & Agriculture. The three year-old filly presented with ataxia or a lack of coordination during voluntary movements. The horse is isolated, quarantined, and under veterinary care. An investigation has been initiated and CDFA officials say they are monitoring the situation.

EHV-1 is one of the most common strains of equine herpes virus and is known to cause respiratory disease, as well as outbreaks of abortions and neurologic disease.
If you are planning on traveling to an event or competition in California, veterinarians recommend that horse owners practice proper biosecurity to reduce the risk of exposure to all contagious equine diseases including:

· Limit horse-to-horse contact.

· Limit horse-to-human-to-horse contact.

· Avoid use of communal water sources.

· Avoid sharing of equipment unless thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between uses.

· Monitor your horse for clinical signs of disease and report any temperature over 102°F to a veterinarian.
The last case of EHV-1 in California was in July 2013 in Contra Costa County.