Originally Posted by Fancychooklady
Unfortunately Annie herpes 1 is spread by mucous and saliva , with the only symptoms being a runny nose it can go undetected. There is no vaccine and euthanasia is the only treatment.
. Interesting thing is that we were told by 2 of the trainers that we have horses from and the state vet is keeping quiet on it, so there is no information available . Our vet rang today to tell us that the whole story was not true. I'm puzzled, why would the lady contact both trainers to inform them of the demise of the horses they sent there.
only time will tell .
That is dreadful Fancy ... I knew that herpes could be a problem with horses, but didn't realise there are so many forms of it. There are apparently 3 of the worst kind. Because of my incessant interest in horses and their welfare - for decades, I googled a lot before answering this. It appears there is in fact a vaccine that can help prevent it - however, it is still in the ' hard basket' to assess it's viability for all equines and for all types of the virus, which to date number 9. Admittedly, my research took me to American sites.
And a person can transmit on their clothing, the virus from one horse to others. How many times have we been covered with slobber from horses, on our clothing ?? I suggested nasal swabs for all travelling horses, because of this very symptom - a runny nose - or about to run nose - swabs under analysis would pick it up quickly - even the very beginnings of it.
There is something ultra-strange about the obvious 'silence' surrounding this situation ( from state vets and who knows who else ). I can't even hazard a guess as to why the lady who had 33 horses put down, advise the trainers of their demise, except that she might be keeping in 'sweet' with them, in order to obtain more off-track thoroughbreds, in the future, to sell on or agist. In any case, I think she would be running a business in keeping non-racing t-breds.
As you said - only time will tell. Knowing how you deal with your chickens and their health, I have no doubt your bio-security in horse stalls is 100% as perfect as you can make it.
I still think bio-security in carriers / couriers of horses ( who can become very stressed during travel, which weakens their immune systems ) .... should be mandatory, and looked at far more closely and seriously, by all concerned.
Cheers ........ ( and back to chickens !! )
Edited by Anniebee - 6/3/16 at 4:14am