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Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus Update By Dr. Alex Wales, DVM, Panorama Veterinary Services
urrently there are numerous reports of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) affecting a few horses in western North America. This outbreak appears related to initial cases at a cutting horse show in Ogden, Utah, which was held from April 29-May 8. Horses at that event may have been exposed to this virus and subsequently spread the infection to other horses. While the true extent of this disease outbreak is uncertain, there is clearly a very significant elevated risk of EHM cases at this time in horses that have been exposed to other horses involved in this outbreak. At this time control of the outbreak is critically dependent on biosecurity. Equine Herpes Virus-1 is a contagious disease of horses that has been around for a long time. The classical form of the disease causes respiratory disease, abortions in mares and rarely neurological (brain and spinal cord) disease. In the past few years a new strain of the virus has emerged that causes more severe disease. It is called neuropathogenic or neurotropic EHV-1. It poses no human health risk. Affected horses may develop fevers, runny noses, wobbly gait, hind end weakness and may become recumbent. The vast majority of horses become infected with herpes virus as foals and either get a very mild illness or may show no visible signs at all. This would be similar to children getting exposed to human respiratory viruses as babies from contact with other humans. This is a normal part of life. We believe that most foals are exposed at a very young age and may carry the virus for life with absolutely no consequences, however, rarely; the virus may become active in a particular horse and may mutate to form the strain of herpes virus that becomes responsible for the neurological disease now being seen in the Ogden outbreak.
Should you be worried about your horses? This disease is spread by horse to horse contact but can also be spread by the virus being carried on peopleâ€™s hands, tack, buckets, etc. It does NOT affect humans. In our area, the only way your horse could be at risk is if they come in contact with other horses that were somehow associated with the Ogden show and outbreak. Humans who attended that show would be very unlikely HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
to be transporting the virus on their clothes or hands as changing clothes and washing would get rid of it. Trailers and tack used with sick horses shedding the virus could remain contaminated for up to 21 days.
So how should you best avoid exposing your horse to this disease? Obviously you would avoid contact with horses associated with the Ogden show. Certainly anyone who had horses at the Ogden show would know what is going on and should be keeping their horses at home until this outbreak passes. Many manufacturers produce herpes virus vaccines (commonly called Rhino vaccine) however, none have been proven to be useful in preventing the neurological form of this disease.
This is not the first such outbreak, nor will it be the last. Similar outbreaks of this disease occur all over the world. They start up without warning, create havoc during the outbreak and then fade away. This one will also pass, but during its active time, DILIGENT BIO SECURITY IS THE ONLY KNOWN WAY TO CONTROL ITS SPREAD. Put simply, this means avoiding contact with horses that may have been in Ogden or horses secondarily exposed to Ogden horses.
As always in these sort of situations, rumors run rampant. Do make yourself informed and do keep abreast of what is going on in this outbreak, but there is no reason for panic. Over the coming days there will be lots of information online about the Ogden outbreak, but scrutinize your sources carefully. Not all you see online will be true.
Reported on May 18, 2011 To date, only horses from the Ogden, Utah cutting show have come down with this disease. In the Okanagan, there is one barn with three cases all of which were in Ogden. These cases have not been confirmed in the laboratory, but considering their attendance at the Ogden show and the clinical signs presented, there is a good level of confidence that these horses have neurological herpes infection. This barn is completely quarantined and there have been no new cases within that barn. We contacted the BC Provincial
veterinary laboratory this morning and they have NO confirmed cases. Alberta has reported one case confirmed in one of their laboratories. We participate in two online discussion groups for equine veterinarians which include thousands of veterinarians and yesterday the question was asked if any cases had been seen in horses except for those who had been to Ogden. As of today no one has reported any cases other than horses that had been to the Ogden show.
Reported on May 19, 2011 There are no new reports to indicate that this disease is spreading in any sort of epidemic fashion. The cases being dealt with are still only those that were somehow directly or secondarily exposed in Ogden, Utah.
Reported on May 23, 2011 As of the 22nd of May, officials monitoring this disease report a total of 33 confirmed cases in 9 US states and 1 in southern Alberta. Only 7 deaths have been reported. British Columbia has three suspect but unconfirmed cases. These are quarantined in a private stable in Vernon. Of the 33 confirmed cases, 32 were at the Ogden show. All owners of horses that attended the show or had horses secondarily exposed have been contacted and all horses are quarantined. Officials continue to monitor the situation daily and we will try to keep you up to date on our web site. The case numbers provided would indicate that the situation is well in hand and the spread of the virus is being controlled by good quarantine protocols. We all need to remember that the virus does not move long distances through the air, and as long as the infected horses are properly quarantined, this whole situation should be expected to resolve over the next few weeks. The paranoia surrounding this situation is being fueled mostly by internet communication among misinformed or uninformed equestrians, but the facts would show it is completely unfounded. A few shows and events have been postponed, but there is now less talk of postponements as it becomes more clear that the disease is not spreading in any significant way and control measures are working well.
We will keep this information updated regularly on our web-site www.panoramavet.com www.saddleup.ca â€˘ 3
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allelujah! Spring is finally here. My tulips have been up and now gone. Our horses are pretty well shedded out and now let the riding season begin! Cheryle and I made it out to Mane Event in Red Deer with only one little blizzard through Three Valley Gap. Roads were clear all the way there and back. Mane Event was once again a great show! Thank you to Joyce and Allan Sparks of Sparks Innovations for the use of their “Tricycle” throughout the weekend. It sure made getting around a lot easier – we turned some heads – and Allan and I even had a race down the north aisle! (I won.) What a great machine! The Benefit for Mike Puhallo was an astounding success with a sold out venue – see Mark McMillan’s story on page 32. There is a fundraiser coming up for Armstrong’s own Joni Lynn Peters – to help her and Travolta (horse) get to London’s 2012 Olympics – see page 24 for info. What spreads faster than the Equine Herpes Virus? Rampant e-mails! And most are not accurate. We have the facts… and I thank Dr. Alex Wales for his help in keeping us all informed! See page 3 for the ‘real story’.
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