EHV Confirmed in Chemung County, New York, Horse

The aged Quarter Horse mare tested positive last week and remains under quarantine.

A New York mare has tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported Feb. 16.

On Feb. 12, “an aged Quarter Horse mare, from Chemung County, displaying only recurrent fever, inappetance, and nasal discharge was confirmed positive for the non-neuropathogenic strain of EHV-1 on PCR,” the EDCC statement read. “The mare and all other horses on the farm are quarantined. Biosecurity measures and twice daily temperature monitoring are in place.”

The statement indicated that the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets will continue to monitor the situation.

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 myeloencephalopathy (the neurologic form). In many horses, fever is the only sign of EHV-1 infection, which can go

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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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