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EHV-1 in our area
As with most illnesses, some of the information can be a little confusing, misleading, misunderstood and/or incorrect, and when it comes to our beloved horses we want the best information we can find. The web is a great resource and can provide some up-to-the-minute facts. It is also an incredible way to communicate the correct information and hopefully help end a horrible situation.
HAPI Trails is striving to be a good resource for our community, especially in times like these. A lethal equine virus outbreak is horrifying, to say the least, especially for those directly involved. To add insult to injury, rumors are spread, things are misunderstood and panic begins.
“Disease containment and control is best achieved when all parties – horse owners, private and university veterinarians and animal regulatory officials – work closely and efficiently with each other.” Dr. Gregory L. Ferraro
The Teton Valley horse that was exposed in Ogden, is NOT showing any signs of illness and is being carefully monitored with it’s temperature taken twice a day. Other horses that were exposed to this particular horse are also being isolated, monitored and their temperatures are being taken twice daily, with no signs, thus far, of illness. The owners of all these horses are taking extreme precautions on their properties and have cancelled any travel to other areas for the next 21 days. Several horses in the Jackson area were also expose – at this time, we do not know the extent of their situations. Our heart goes out to these owners!
Everyone should still be aware and keep your horses close to home. If you think your horse might have come in contact with an exposed horse and is showing signs of illness, please contact your Veterinarian immediately. The virus is treatable, if caught early – it’s just especially difficult to treat.
The attached article was given to us from Circle S Mobile Vet and provides great information about EHV-1 (which is not a new mutant form).
Although the article “Awakening a Dormant Dragon: Neurological Form Equine Herpesvirus-1″, was written in 2007, most of the information on the virus has not changed. (some of the photos are graphic – discretion advised)
Please read carefully and share with everyone you can. Lets get this virus contained, the horses cleared, and on with our (very short) summer!
HOPE FOR THE HORSES! Our heart goes out to everyone involved.