HORSE OWNERS PLEASE READ:
There has been a confirmed case of the neurologic form of equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM/ EHV-1) in Butler County, PA. This form is highly contagious and needs to be identified immediately.
EHV-1 can causes respiratory disease (nasal discharge and sneezing/coughing), abortions and neurologic signs (stumbling, disorientation). The virus is spread from horse to horse by nasal secretions and can be locally airborne. In locations where confirmed cases are present the barns are quarantined and travel restricted. The virus can be potentially deadly.
Horses who have been exposed should monitored closely for signs of disease including
1) Elevated rectal temp. >101.5F
2) Nasal discharge, sneezing or coughing
3) Any evidence of neurological disorientation, stumbling, falling, or unable to rise
4) Spontaneous abortions in mares
Lakeview Animal Clinic's standard vaccine protocols does include the Zoetis Fluvac EHV4/1 which includes a stimular strain. Unfortunately, the Fluvac EHV4/1 vaccine or any vaccine on the markets is not always protective from this highly contagious form of Equine Herpes.
Please read the articles below for more information or feel free to call or email us with questions.