Update May 11, 2015
Two Illinois horses have been diagnosed with the equine herpes virus (EHV-1). The infected horses were stabled at the same farm in Frankfort, before one was euthanized.
Both equines attended the Midwest Classic, which is a Midwest Reining Horse Association show, in Gifford, Illinois May 2-3, 2015. The competition’s organizers have notified exhibitors.
EHV-1 may lie dormant for long periods of time and then re-activate during a period of stress, which can result in clinical disease.
Symptoms may include fever, decreased coordination, nasal discharge, urine dribbling, loss of tail tone, hind limb weakness, leaning against a wall or fence to maintain balance, lethargy, and the inability to rise. While there is no cure, the symptoms of the disease may be treatable.
Future events have been postponed at the Gordyville facility, including the Illinois Quarter Horse Association Youth Show. It was scheduled for May 15-17.
Rate My Horse PRO will have more information regarding these cases as it becomes available and additional show cancellations.