EHV-1 Confirmed in Buffalo County, Nebraska

The affected horse’s home facility has been quarantined.
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In many horses, the only sign of EHV-1 infection is fever, which can go undetected. | Photo: Kevin Thompson/The Horse

The Nebraska State Veterinarian’s Office has learned that a Buffalo County horse exhibiting neurologic signs of disease has tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported July 9.

“The horse will be euthanized,” the EDCC said on its website. “The facility is currently under voluntary quarantine with appropriate biosecurity in place.”

Herpesvirus is highly contagious among horses and can cause a variety of ailments in equids, including rhinopneumonitis (a respiratory disease usually found in young horses), abortion in broodmares, and equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (the neurologic form). In many horses, the only sign of EHV-1 infection is fever, which can go undetected

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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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