The California Department of Food and Agriculture is reporting a case of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in San Diego County.
A warmblood stallion is reportedly displaying mild neurologic symptoms. EHV-1 is responsible for the more common respiratory cases. A small percentage of non-neuropathogenic EHV-1 infected horses can display neurologic signs and are classified as equine herpes myeloencephalopathy.
The infected horse is quarantined and under veterinary care. CDFA is working to contact exposed horse owners.
Veterinarians recommend using proper biosecurity when attending equine events to help protect your horses from potential spread of any illness:
· 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.
Earlier this month a filly was euthanized after being infected with
EHV-1 at Santa Anita.