Preventing EHV-1: What Can You Do?

With equine herpesvirus infections seemingly on the rise, here’s how to protect your horses this season.
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Preventing EHV-1: What Can You Do?
Take your horse's temperature frequently at events to pick up on possible illness. | Photo: Kevin Thompson/The Horse

Your friend’s voice is panicked on the phone. He returned home from a horse show last week and has just been informed that one of the horses there was euthanized yesterday due to severe neurologic disease from equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) infection.

“But your horse is vaccinated, right?” you ask.

“Yes, but they are saying the vaccine may not do any good,” he says

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Stephanie Brault, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, is a postdoctoral fellow in veterinary epidemiology and house officer in Infection Control and Biosecurity at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, in Fort Collins.

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