EHV-1 Confirmed In Two Horses in Ontario0
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has been notified of two confirmed cases of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), caused by equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1).
The horses from Durham Region were referred to the Ontario Veterinary College with neurological signs and are receiving treatment. Three other horses on the farm have tested positive for the mutated (neuropathogenic) strain of EHV-1 on nasal swabs but are not demonstrating neurological signs at this time. The farm owner has voluntarily placed the premises under a self-imposed quarantine to reduce the risk of viral spread.
Current vaccines may reduce viral shedding but are not protective against the neurological form of the disease. Implementing routine biosecurity practices is the best way to minimize viral spread. The best method of disease control is disease prevention.
See the press release here: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/notices/2-16-17/ehv-1-confirmed-ontario.html
OMAFRA Fact sheet on Equine Herpes Virus: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/vet/facts/13-003.htm