UT EHV-1: No New Cases; Informational Forum Scheduled

No new EHV-1 cases have been confirmed at UT. The informational forum will take place Sept. 21 at 7:00 p.m.
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No new cases of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) have been confirmed at the University of Tennessee (UT) Veterinary Medical Center after an EHV-1 positive horse was admitted and euthanized last Thursday (Sept. 15), according to a statement on the center’s website. School officials have, however, scheduled an informational forum to be held Sept. 21.

"On Sept. 15 a down (recumbent) horse was brought to the Equine Hospital at the UT Veterinary Medical Center at 2:00 p.m.," a statement from the hospital read. "The horse was kept in a separate area of the equine hospital. Within hours the horse’s condition deteriorated, and the animal was euthanized."

"Our laboratory and an outside independent laboratory have both confirmed that the index horse that was euthanized within hours of being admitted was positive for the neurotrophic (neurologic) form of EHV-1," said Sandra Harbison, media relations director for UT College of Veterinary Medicine.

The hospital is currently in the midst of a seven-day quarantine implemented by the Tennessee State Veterinarian and a self-imposed 14-day quarantine, both of which began on Sept. 16

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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