Lockdown – EHV-1: can we contain this highly contagious disease?

In the past decade, new diseases such as West Nile virus and vesicular stomatitis have caused their share of damage and anxiety in the horse world. But the disease that really strikes fear into the hearts of horse lovers goes by the acronym EHV-1, or its neurological version, EHM. With no vaccine to protect horses against the neurological version of equine herpesvirus-1, there is good reason to be concerned. In the absence of any failsafe prevention, the burden is on owners, show organizers and veterinarians to make responsible decisions when moving horses around, and when an outbreak takes place in or near their own back yards. Identifying the Enemy Equine herpesvirus is not a new disease. Formerly referred to as rhinopneumonitis, it represents the “rhino” part of what is widely referred to as a flu/rhino shot. According to an EHV-1 Consensus Statement prepared by the American College of Veterinary Internal…

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