The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) states another horse has tested positive for the equine herpes virus (EHV-1). That brings the state’s EHV-1 case total to three since the first horse tested positive on March 19th. The barrel racer was euthanized after it failed to respond to treatment.
The two latest cases developed fevers and are under veterinary care. One of the positive horses is from the same Livingston County stable as the index case. MDARD confirms the most recent case is located in Saginaw County. Horses from that farm traveled to a March 7th event in Barry County that the index case attended.
Four facilities remain under quarantine, including the two stables that contain the EHV-1 horses. The quarantined stables are monitoring the horses for signs of illness.
MDARD states the horse competed in Barry County on February 28th and March 7th. The horse also trained at a facility in Livingston County on March 9th, 11th and 14th.
State law prevents the department from releasing the name of the farms under quarantine or the competition names.