EHV-1 Reported in Saskatchewan, Canada

A boarding barn is voluntarily quarantined and the affected horse is isolated and receiving supportive care.
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The University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine reported March 17 that a horse exhibiting neurologic signs of disease has tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

The college reported that the boarding stable at which the affected horse resides, located near Saskatoon, is under voluntary quarantine and the index case is in isolation and receiving supportive care. “Western College of Veterinary Medicine clinicians are working very closely with the stable to monitor the case as it progresses,” the college’s statement said.

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

In addition to fever, other common signs of EHV-1 infection in young horses include cough, decreased appetite, depression, and a nasal discharge. Some affected horses can exhibit neurologic signs, even if they aren’t infected with the neurologic form of the virus. Pregnant mares typically show no signs of infection before they abort, and abortions usually occur late in gestation (around eight months), but can be earlier. Abortions can occur anywhere from two weeks to several months following infection with EHV-1

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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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