Respiratory viral infections are present in horses worldwide, with two of the most recognized viruses being equine influenza virus and equine herpesviruses. Although identified in the past mid-century, equine rhinitis viruses (ERVs) have emerged as significant contributors to equine respiratory infections. In the last decade, particularly, researchers have demonstrated that ERVs are highly prevalent in the horse population and are associated with clinical disease that can’t be differentiated from that caused by other viral respiratory infections.
Until recently, researchers’ and veterinarians’ lack of knowledge about ERVs was largely due to their belief that these viruses were insignificant contributors to respiratory vira
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