Prince William County
Symptoms that should alert horse owners to the possibility of a neurologic EHV-1 infection include fever, weakness, incoordination, and urine dribbling or the inability to urinate. Horses with these symptoms should be examined immediately by a veterinarian.
The EHV-1 vaccine does not protect against the neurological infection.
EHV-1 is highly contagious and can be spread through various methods. Direct, horse-to-horse contact is a common route of transmission, but the indirect transmission is also possible. This occurs when infectious materials are carried between infected and non-infected horses by people or inanimate objects such as buckets, tack, or trailers.
Aerosol transmission can also occur when infectious droplets are inhaled, which are most often respiratory secretions.
The first cases of neurologic EHV-1 in Virginia were in February.