Three Nebraska Horses Positive for Neurologic EHV-1

One of the affected horses has been euthanized while the other two have been isolated on the premises.

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Three cases of equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM, the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1 or EHV-1) have been confirmed at Fonner Park, a Thoroughbred racetrack in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Samples were collected and sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, where the disease was confirmed. One of the affected horses was euthanized on-site while the other two have been isolated on the premises.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with Fonner Park management, has quarantined horses stabled at Fonner Park. Horses located in the Red Barn (where the affected horses were stabled) will not be allowed to race at present time. Racing will continue at Fonner Park with the horses located in the other barns on the premises.

“It is of utmost importance that horse owners and facility managers take appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of this disease,” said Nebraska State Veterinarian Dennis Hughes, DVM. “Vigilance is especially important in situations where horses can come into contact with each other. There can be a high susceptibility to the disease where we have horses comingling from different regions or states

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