Yes, this dangerous disease could have potentially deadly effects on your horse, but simply having a good understanding of the virus, its clinical signs, and treatment and prevention methods can go a long way in keeping your horse from contracting it in the first place.
Don’t wait for another disease outbreak to pop up to brush up on your EHV-1 knowledge. We’ve compiled 10 resources available for free on TheHorse.com to help you understand how to minimize your horse’s risk of contracting EHV. Find additional material by searching “EHV” or “equine herpesvirus” on TheHorse.com, or by visiting the “equine herpesvirus” topic group.
ARTICLE: EHV-1: What Are We Learning? In the past 15 years, veterinarians have seen the number of EHV-1 cases and outbreaks in the United States rise. These scenarios have caused widespread worry and confusion among horse owners and brought equine transport and events to a screeching halt. The result, however, has been increased awareness—particularly of the potentially fatal neurologic form, equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM)—and research funding to discover ways to prevent and treat the disease. Read More
VIDEO: Health Alert: Equine Herpesvirus (EHV) Nicola Pusterla, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of California, Davis, shares what owners need to know about EHV, its clinical signs, and treatment and prevention methods. Watch Now
ARTICLE: Neurologic EHV-1: The Top Five Things You Need to Know During a widespread EHV outbreak in 2011, D. Paul Lunn, BVMS, MS, shared the top five things horse owners should know about the neurologic form of the virus. Read More
ARTICLE: Can Vaccination Protect Horses from Neurologic EHV-1? Current EHV vaccines aren’t labeled for use in preventing the neurologic form of the virus—only rhinopneumonitis and abortion—and clinical signs of EHM have been observed in well-vaccinated horses. But researchers have learned that one EHV-1 vaccine could have at least some protective properties against the neurologic form of the virus. Read More
SPECIAL REPORT: How To Handle a Disease Outbreak If your horse starts exhibiting signs of infectious disease, like EHV-1, assume whatever he’s come down with is contagious to other horses until proven otherwise, and follow these important steps to halt disease spread. Download Now
ARTICLE: Creating a Horse Quarantine Whether you’re introducing a new horse to your farm or trying to reduce disease spread within your resident herd, here are tips to keep your horses healthy. Read More