EHV-1 In Indiana Boarding Barn

A veterinarian in Hamilton County, IN, confirmed two cases of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) at a local boarding barn on March 10. Both horses have the non-neurologic form of the disease; 28 other horses were exposed. The barn is under a voluntary quarantine and all horses are having their temperatures taken twice daily, reports the Equine Disease Communication Center.

EHV-1 can present in horses in one of four ways: neurologic, respiratory disease, abortion or death of a foal. The most-common form of EHV-1 is respiratory disease; it is most common in foals and yearlings, but is typically transmitted by adult horses that show no sign of the disease. Horses infected with EHV-1 may have a fever and nasal discharge, and affected horses may be lethargic.

EHV-1 is spread through direct horse-to-horse contact as well as through contact with objects that have been contaminated by the virus, which includes human hands, equipment, tack, buckets, trailers and other such surfaces. The virus can be viable for between seven and 30 days in the environment.

Read more about the disease here.

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