California officials confirmed a horse showing neurologic symptoms is infected with the equine herpes virus (EHV-1).
The draft cross is quarantined and isolated at a Los Angeles County stable. No horses have left the farm since September. All horses are being monitored. As of January 15, the state reports there have been no new cases.
The gelding has the non-neropathogenic strain of EHV-1. A small percentage of non-neuropathogenic infected horses can display neurologic signs compatible with equine herpes myeloencephalopathy.
If you are planning on taking your equine to an event or competition in California, veterinarians recommend that horse owners practice proper bio-security 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 confirmed in June 2015 in Riverside County.