Recently Imported Warmblood Tests Positive For EHV-1 In Kentucky

A Warmblood mare being quarantined in Kentucky has tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EVH-1), according to the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC).

According to reports, the Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian was contacted on Monday, February 26 that a Warmblood mare recently imported through the USDA’s New York Animal Import Center and residing at a Kentucky farm for quarantine purposes after presenting neurological symptoms. The mare was taken to an equine hospital, where she was diagnosed with the neurological strain of EVH-1.

The mare was not exposed to the general population of horses at the quarantine facility nor at the veterinary hospital, and all horses will continue to be monitored for symptoms.

EHV-1 is a highly contagious virus that can affect the neurological and respiratory systems in horses, as well as cause mares to abort their gestating foals. Other signs of the disease include fever, loss of appetitive, depression and nasal discharge.

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