Another King County, Washington, Stable Under EHV Quarantine

This case, confirmed in a horse that recently shipped from Oregon, is not related to ones diagnosed in December 2017 at a different facility.
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The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) reported Feb. 6 that a King County facility has been quarantined after a horse tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

In an Ag Brief on the department’s website, State Veterinarian Brian Joseph, DVM, said this case is unrelated to another recent EHV case in King County.

“This is a different strain of EHV-1 than the virus strain that lead to an earlier quarantine at a separate horse facility in Woodinville this past December,” his statement said. “The most recent case involves a non-neuropathogenic strain of equine herpesvirus, though it is still serious and can cause respiratory problems in horses. The detection was made in a gelding that had recently been transported from Oregon. It is recovering under treatment and has not shown clinical signs of illness.”

The Equine Disease Communication Center reported that the horse was transported to Washington from Oregon’s Portland Meadows Racetrack

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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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