Lubbock County, Texas, Horse Diagnosed with EHM

Prior to confirmation, the newest EHM-positive horse attended a barrel racing event at the Oklahoma City Fair Grounds, April 25-30.
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In many horses, the first sign of EHV-1 infection is fever, which can go undetected. | Photo: Stephanie L. Church/The Horse

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials confirmed equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM), the neurologic disease linked to equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), in a Lubbock County barrel racing horse on May 9.

The most recent EHM case in Texas was confirmed in a Montgomery County horse last week.

The newly identified horse showed signs of respiratory illness, fever, nasal discharge, and ataxia (incoordination) when evaluated by a local veterinarian. The horse’s home premises is under movement restrictions and TAHC staff members are working closely with the owner and veterinarian to monitor potentially exposed horses and implement biosecurity measures

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