|EHV-1 Hits Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Colorado|
|American Quarter Horse Journal, AQHA|
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From the Mississippi Board of Animal Health
As of 4 p.m. on May 14, no new cases of equine herpesvirus-1 had been reported in Mississippi, and the affected and exposed horses continue to be isolated and monitored.
The last cases were reported on May 8 when the Mississippi state veterinarian's office was notified of two confirmed cases of EHV. In addition, four other cases of suspected EHV-1 had also been reported. To date, three of these horses have died or been euthanized and three are ill with neurological disease. All of the horses recently returned from the Bucksnort Trail Ride held April 23-30 in Humphreys County, Tennessee. This event drew approximately 100 horses from multiple states. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture have also reported cases in their state related to this same trail ride.
From the Colorado Department of Agriculture
The Colorado Department of Agriculture is investigating one confirmed
case of EHV-1 within the state; a quarantine has been placed on a
Douglas County premises.
From the Tennessee Department of Agriculture
As of May 14, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture has received a total of nine reports of suspected or confirmed cases of the EHV-1 in Tennessee horses that participated in or were exposed to horses that participated in the Bucksnort Trail Ride held April 23-30 in Humphreys County. The neurological form of EHV-1 has been confirmed in one case. Six of the suspected cases have been confirmed as showing clinical signs of the disease and are being isolated and monitored. In two cases, horses have been humanely euthanized.
The Kentucky state veterinarian's office has obtained a list and has contacted each participant to make them aware of possible exposure. Restrictions on horses that attended this event are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The event drew approximately 100 horses from multiple states and animal health officials have also been notified in those states.
From the Office of Kentucky State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Stout
On May 9, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture alerted Kentucky’s
Agriculture Commissioner, James Comer, and staff in the Kentucky State
Veterinarians Office of Dr. Robert Stout of an illness affecting horses
that had participated in the Bucksnort Trail Ride held in Tennessee in
late April. Information provided by Tennessee officials describe horses
as presenting varying symptoms that include neurological abnormalities.
The information released on May 9 also provided that the illness has
resulted in four equine deaths with four additional horses demonstrating
similar symptoms. On May 10, officials learned that preliminary
diagnostic testing gives evidence that one or more of the sick horses
may have contracted equine herpesvirus type-1.
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