EHM Confirmed in Fauquier County, Virginia, Horse

The horse first showed mild neurologic signs on May 10 and was admitted directly into isolation at the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center, in Leesburg, Virginia, on May 16.
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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

The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported May 18 that the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) confirmed equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in one horse at a sport horse farm in Fauquier County on May 16.

Equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy is the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

“The horse first showed mild neurologic signs on May 10 and was admitted directly into isolation at the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center (in Leesburg, Virginia) on May 16,” the EDCC said. “The Equine Medical Center is not under quarantine and is operating normally

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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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