New deadly mutated equine virus!! Please Read

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by WIChookchick, May 16, 2011.

  1. WIChookchick

    WIChookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2010
    Rural Brooklyn, WI

    has been an outbreak of a horrid equine disease: Rhino EHV-1 (Equine Herpesvirus). This is a mutant strain of the neurological variation of Rhino, there is no vaccine for it, and it is lethal.

    There are multiple confirmed deaths due to EHV in Arizona, California, Utah, Colorado, Canada, Idaho, and unfortunately, is spreading like you cannot believe. It is believed that a horse with the virus attended the NCHA Western National Championship cutting in Ogden, UT and has caused a massive cross contamination. All the horses that are dead or are being treated were vaccinated for Rhino, it doesn’t matter, this strain does not respond to any vaccine. The first death was a Canadian cutting horse that attended the Ogden show, there have been more in Weld County Colorado, there is a barrel racing stable in Colorado that has a confirmed case, which shows that it is rapidly and easily spreading through different disciplines and through many venues - CSU is now full and most Vets are not accepting Rhino horses, and have considered worldwide experts in this matter. This is considered an emerging disease. It is behaving in an extreme manor. A similar outbreak occurred before, and at CSU, despite the fact the school runs one of the nation's top veterinary biosecurity programs, the EHV virus spread to over 20 equine patients on the premises, and spread out of control.

    The EHV-1 organism spreads quickly from horse to horse and the neurologic form of the virus can reach high morbidity and mortality rates. The incubation period of EHV-1 is typically 2-10 days, but there has been a case of a horse showing symptoms as many as 12 days after contamination. In horses infected with the neurologic strain of EHV-1, clinical signs may include: nasal discharge, discoordination, hind end weakness, recumbency, lethargy, urine dribbling and diminished tail tone. Prognosis depends on severity of signs and the period of recumbency. There is no specific treatment for EHV-1. Treatment of symptoms may include intravenous fluids, anti-inflammatory drugs and other appropriate supportive treatment. Currently, there is no equine vaccine that has a label claim for protection against the neurological strain of the virus.

    Horse-to-horse contact, aerosol transmission, and contaminated hands, equipment, tack, and feed all play a role in disease spread. They cannot stress enough about the cross contamination, this deadly virus can be on anything - your steering wheel in your truck, door handles, trailer latches, your purse, your hat, sunglasses, cell phone, pop or food wrapper, bucket, feed pan, hay bag, rubber bands, brushes, tack, boots, clothing, ANYTHING you touch or rub against could have the virus on it!

    PLEASE monitor your horses, the first symptom of this disease is a spike in temperature of 102 degrees. Horses with severe clinical signs of neurological EHV-1 illness are thought to have large viral loads in their blood and nasal secretions and therefore, present the greatest danger for spreading the disease. Immediate separation and isolation of identified suspect cases and implementation of appropriate biosecurity measures are key elements for disease control.

    This is a serious matter that demands immediate attention, becoming aware and knowledge about this detrimental outbreak is a necessity – and we ALL, as equine owners, trainers, and event producers MUST do our part to STOP the spread of this horrible mutant and deadly virus. Serious thought needs to be made on hosting events within infected states and their bordering neighbors. Many national level events that are scheduled within the next month have been CANCELLED to STOP THE SPREAD of this disease.

    This information is taken from very reliable sources, here are a couple articles you can read for yourself below. We will be hearing a lot more about this, please stay alert to the latest information.
  2. Bantamlover23

    Bantamlover23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2008
    Chuluota, FL
    That is scary!!! [​IMG]
  3. arabianequine

    arabianequine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2010
  4. petchickenlover

    petchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2008
    This is making me re-think going to shows.. [​IMG]
  5. The Wolf Queen

    The Wolf Queen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
    OH MY GOD!!! CO & AZ are WAY to close for comfort. Ive got a pregnant mare right now! Oh god I hope that it doesnt spread to NM!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. Matthew3590

    Matthew3590 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    Middle, TN
    sounds like this deadly disease is spreading through shows and people taking their houses out of stables where another horse is infected. The only way for this disease to stop spreading without a vaccine is death. Do not move your horses or show them unless you ABSOLUTELY have to. If they are in a stable and another horse comes down with the disease the best thing for all horses and to keep the virus from spreading is to leave it at the stables. No need in moving it somewhere else just for your horse to infect the horses at the other stable. Its hard to hear but that IMO without a vaccine will be the only way to stop this disease from spreading.
    Last edited: May 17, 2011
  7. Okie Amazon

    Okie Amazon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2011
    Midwest City
    Horse shows/rodeos here in OK have been cancelled.
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:You realize this sort of thing happens periodically (there was another substantial North American outbreak just a coupla years ago in fact), and eventually it goes away on its own? It does. It is not a great big deal in the long run.

    (I mean, obviously it's a big deal if your *particular* horse is affected, or if your finances are affected by reduced attendance at shows/sales/races/etc. But the horse population has fairly-virulent neurological rhino outbreaks every so often, and then they are over, and then life goes on.) So sure, it makes sense to be aware of the current situation and be extra careful about hygeine and all that, but this is still really pretty much business-as-usual in the grand scheme of things, not something to get hugely upset about IMHO.

    Just sayin',

  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I had a Paso Fino friend forward me that information about a couple months ago and I was questioning how long this virus has been in existence before we ever picked up on it? Strongest will survive it and possibly carriers for life.....I don't see anything about 100% mortality on these infected horses.

    I would hate to think our Rhino shots would keep this virus away but I guess not!
  10. jettgirl24

    jettgirl24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Duvall, WA
    I had my vet out for routine shots last night and her phone was ringing off the hook about the news out of WSU. I spoke with her at length about this and decided against vaccinating my horse. The vaccine does not do anything to protect against the neurological problems that can be caused by the virus and its effectiveness against the respiratory disease is debatable. According to my vet, who I trust completely, this disease *can* be passed by aerosol contact but is most often passed through direct contact - i.e. touching noses, sharing water buckets, etc. Simple common sense can easily prevent transmission. This disease is not new and is relatively uncommon. It is good to be aware of it but according to my vet it's not something we need to get too worked up over and there is absolutely no reason to rethink show or travel plans at this stage. Personally I will be monitoring the news about this but I see no reason at this point to change any of my summer plans.

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