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Is Your Horse Free From Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy?
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Is Your Horse Free From Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy?

Is your horse free from Herpes Myeloencephalopathy? Texas Animal Health Commission Authorities recently confirmed an Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), a neurologic infection connected to Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), in a barrel racing horse. Another instance of EHM was discovered last week, in a Montgomery County horse.

Sympthoms given by the quarantined horses are respiratory sickness, fever and nasal discharge, and ataxia. Staffs at Texas Animal Health C commission are working closely with owner of the quarantined horses and veterinarian to check the health status of possibly exposed horses. They have also announced biosecurity measures.

Both of the quarantined horses went to a barrel racing competition at the Oklahoma City Fair Grounds from April 25 - 30th. 

Texas Animal Health Commission is planning with Oklahoma Department of Agriculture staff, to teach members, and veterinarians to make sure biosecurity measures are taken. The spread of EHV-1 typically happens when horses are together. Luckily, the virus from the discharge does not stay on the ground for an expanded timeframe, an appropriate cleaning and sterilizing will expel the virus from any exposed horses and paddock.

Additional updates on Texas EHM cases will be posted on the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) website.

Owners of horses are urged to play it safe. Exposed horses ought to be moved away from other horses. It's also important to make sure you check their temperatures twice a day or up to 14 days after last known exposure with other horses. In the event that an exposed horse shows symptoms of fever or different signs relating to EHM, quick medical tests must be performed. Owners should work with their veterinary professionals to set up proper systematic health checks for any exposed horse(s).

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