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Protect Horses From Illness During Fair Season


Following the recent concern about Equine Herpes virus, horse owners will want to take steps to protect their animals this summer when participating in horse shows.  One good resource is from the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association and Alberta Equestrian Federation.  It provides clear, easy to understand information on steps to take to protect horses at home or while showing.

Equine Biosecurity Principles and Best Practices,

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has also issued it's final report on the cases of EHV-1 that sparked horse owner concern earlier this year.  Several horses that competed in the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championship in Ogden, Utah, on April 29-May 8, 2011, were diagnosed with EHV-1. Following that event, reports were received about affected horses from multiple States and Western Canada, with several fatalities. Weekly situation reports were provided by APHIS VS from May 19 through June 23, 2011. A total of 90 confirmed EHV-1 or EHM cases were reported in 10 States (AZ, DA, CO, ID, NM, NV, OK, OR, UT, and WA). The total confirmed cases and fatalities as of June 22, 2011 are shown in the report below.

Equine Herpes virus (EHV-1) Final Situation Report

By Dr. Kathleen Anderson, UNL Extension Horse Specialist