Kansas Gelding Confirmed With Equine Influenza

One additional horse at the affected horse’s facility has been exposed.
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Kansas Gelding Confirmed With Equine Influenza
One additional horse at the affected horse’s Miami County facility has been exposed. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

On June 17, an attending veterinarian confirmed a horse at a Miami County, Kansas, boarding facility with equine influenza (EI). One additional horse at the facility was exposed.

The positive horse, a 14-year-old Paint gelding, first showed clinical signs on June 16. Signs included fever, cough, and nasal discharge. The horse, whose vaccination status is unknown, is reported as affected and alive. A voluntary quarantine has been enacted at the facility.

About Equine Influenza

Equine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease that infects horses, ponies, and other equids, such as donkeys, mules, and zebras. The virus that causes it is spread via saliva and respiratory secretions from infected horses. Horses are commonly exposed via horse-to-horse contact; aerosol transmission from coughing and sneezing; and contact with human’s contaminated hands, shoes, or clothes or contaminated tack, buckets, or other equipment.

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Clinical signs of equine influenza infection can include a high fever (up to 106°F); a dry, hacking cough; depression; weakness; anorexia; serous (watery) nasal discharge; and slightly enlarged lymph nodes. Consider monitoring your horse’s health at shows by taking his temperature daily, which can help you pick up on signs of infection early and take appropriate measures to reduce disease spread.

Vaccination is an important and inexpensive way to protect your horse. US Equestrian requires proof that horses have had an equine influenza vaccination within the six months prior to attending organization-sanctioned competitions or events. Your veterinarian can help you determine what other vaccines your horse might benefit from.

In addition to vaccinating, following strict biosecurity protocols can help reduce your horse’s chance of infection and disease. Such measures include quarantining new equine arrivals at barns, disinfecting buckets and equipment, and preventing nose-to-nose contact between horses.

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