The Illinois state veterinarian confirms a Lake County horse has tested positive for the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1.)
Merritt & Associates Equine Hospital released the following on Facebook, “There have been several cases of confirmed EHV-1 at Double W farm in Gurnee Illinois. Two [sic] severely neurologic recumbent horses have been euthanized.”
“Several horses in the stable are currently exhibiting neurologic signs consistent with those exhibited in EHV-1 infected horses,” says State Veterinarian Dr. Mark Ernst.
He says the horses stabled in the facility have been placed under quarantine by the Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare.
“This quarantine will remain in place until such time as it is determined that exposure to these horses no longer poses a risk to other horses.”
Dr. Ernst states at the present time, no link has been established between these affected horses and any organized equine event.
Symptoms of the infection 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.