EHV in Virginia: Cases Confirmed in Hanover County

Two horses were euthanized due to severe neurologic deficits and a third began exhibiting neurologic signs on Jan. 10.

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In many horses, the first sign of EHV-1 infection is fever, which can go undetected. | Photo: Stephanie L. Chruch/The Horse

The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported Jan 10 that three Virginia horses tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) on Jan. 9.

“The infected horses reside on a pleasure horse farm (index farm) in Hanover County,” the EDCC said. “Two horses were euthanized due to severe neurologic signs (due to equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy, the neurologic form of EHV-1). A third horse on the index farm began exhibiting neurologic signs on Jan. 10.

“The farm in Hanover County and a neighboring farm sharing a fence line are under quarantine and all horses and donkeys are being monitored twice daily for fever (temperature over 101.5 degrees F) and other clinical signs,” the EDCC added. “No horses from the index farm have left the farm in two weeks prior to exhibiting clinical signs

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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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