EHV-1 Positive Pony in Kentucky; Not Mutant Strain

A 7-year-old Paint pony gelding in Scott County, Ky., has tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) on PCR (polymerase chain reaction test) and has neurologic signs, according to a statement from the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s

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A 7-year-old Paint pony gelding in Scott County, Ky., has tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) on PCR (polymerase chain reaction test) and has neurologic signs, according to a statement from the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s office. The pony has the “wild strain” of EHV-1, not the mutated strain that is more virulent.


The pony was ridden and fine on Saturday (Nov. 15) and had a normal temperature and acted normally Sunday morning, then that afternoon was thought to be “cast” in his stall. When he was gotten up, he showed neurologic signs. The veterinarian was called and tests showed the pony was EHV-1 positive.


The pony, which arrived on the farm Oct. 3 from Michigan, can get up and down by itself and had better tail tone today (Nov. 19). He is expected to make a full recovery.


Preliminary tests on selected other horses in the pony’s barn showed one horse had a positive nasal swab, but no horses in the barn had clinical signs of herpesvirus. All 24 horses in the barn will be tested tomorrow (Nov. 20) to determine exposure to EHV-1

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Kimberly S. Brown is the editor of EquiManagement/EquiManagement.com and the group publisher of the Equine Health Network at Equine Network LLC.

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