Pennsylvania Horse Contracts Equine Influenza

A voluntary quarantine was enacted following the affected horse’s diagnosis.
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Pennsylvania Horse Contracts Equine Influenza
An attending veterinarian has confirmed a Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, horse with equine influenza. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

An attending veterinarian has confirmed a Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, horse with equine influenza. The affected horse is a 12-year-old Percheron mare. A voluntary quarantine has been enacted.

About Equine Influenza

Equine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease that infects horses, ponies, and other equids, such as donkeys, mules, and zebras. The virus that causes it is spread via saliva and respiratory secretions from infected horses. Horses are commonly exposed via horse-to-horse contact; aerosol transmission from coughing and sneezing; and contact with human’s contaminated hands, shoes, or clothes or contaminated tack, buckets, or other equipment.

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Clinical signs of equine influenza infection can include a high fever (up to 106°F); a dry, hacking cough; depression; weakness; anorexia; serous (watery) nasal discharge; and slightly enlarged lymph nodes. Consider monitoring your horse’s health at shows by taking his temperature daily, which can help you pick up on signs of infection early and take appropriate measures to reduce disease spread

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