A boarding stable near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is under voluntary quarantine following a confirmed case of Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV-1).
According to the mare’s owner, Alyssa Gartner, the five-year-old Quarter Horse, Sunny, showed signs of instability – dragging her feet, having wobbly legs. After examination by a veterinarian, Sunny was diagnosed with EHV-1, placed in isolation and started on supportive therapy.

EHV-1 can cause respiratory diseases, abortion and neurologic disease. It typically presents with fever, and sometimes coughing, nasal discharge, as well as weakness and respiratory distress. Learn more here.

Clinicians at the Western Veterinary College of Medicine are monitoring the situation. In addition, the WCVM held a public information session on Thursday March 24th.