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I Saw this on another board, thought it might be important to post here.   This is all I have, haven't heard or read anything else on it...

Suspected Equine Herpes Cases Reported in Tennessee
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 | 04:16 pm
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has received reports of suspected cases of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) infection in horses that participated in a recent trail ride in Tennessee.
Six to 8 suspected cases of the neurological form of EHV-1 have been reported to the state veterinarian’s office. Horses are being treated, isolated and monitored by their attending veterinarian.
The horses may have been exposed to EHV-1 during the Bucksnort Trail Ride held April 23–30 in Humphreys County. The event drew approximately 100 horses from multiple states. The movement of horses that attended the event is being restricted on a case by case basis.
TDA animal health officials are working with event organizers, neighboring state veterinarians and private veterinarians to identify other horses that may have been exposed or are exhibiting symptoms.
As a precaution, State Veterinarian Charles Hatcher recommends that horse owners who participated in the Bucksnort event work with their veterinarian to restrict movement and to monitor their horses. Hatcher also recommends that isolation and monitoring continue for 28 days if any clinical signs of disease are observed. Veterinarians should report suspected neurological cases of EHV-1 to the State Veterinarian’s office at 615-837-5120.
Equine Herpes Virus is highly contagious among horses but poses no threat to humans. The symptoms in horses may include a fever, nasal discharge, wobbly gait, hind-end weakness, dribbling of urine and diminished tail tone. The virus is easily spread by airborne transmission, horse-to-horse contact and by contact with nasal secretions on equipment, tack, feed and other surfaces. Caretakers can spread the virus to horses if their hands, clothing, shoes or vehicles are contaminated. The virus can cause aborted foals and can be fatal in some cases.
The State Veterinarian also recommends that horse owners practice good biosecurity such as using your own trailer and equipment, not letting your horses touch other people’s horses, disinfecting shoes and equipment, washing hands after helping others with their horses and limiting access to your farm. A downloadable brochure about horse biosecurity is available from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services at http://www.aphis.usda....
Additional Resources:
A Guide To Understanding the Neurologic Form of EHV Infection http://www.aphis.usda....
USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service Resources http://www.aphis.usda...
American Association of Equine Practitioners Fact Sheet http://www.aaep.org/p...
Animal health updates and alerts are also available on the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s website at www.tn.gov/agriculture.


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Glad you posted it. I just looked at the www.tn.gov/agriculture site. It's on there as an alert. No deaths here yet, but it looks like the same virus that hit the west coast about this same time last year. ?



Guess I'll be carrying my bleach bottle to Many Cedars this weekend:)

I just spoke to a friend of mine about that virus. Two horses have died. :(


OMG.. that's sad and scary.  I'm heading to Timber Ridge in the morning.  Didn't vaccinate for it as my vet had said "not really necessary right now"  because he hadn't heard of any cases nearby.  For sure will vaccinate when I get home.   They have all the other vaccinations tho.

So far three horses have died, I've been told and many others are sick.  The Memorial Day Bucksnort Trail ride has been cancelled.  I don't know yet about the June ride.  So sorry for the owners that have lost their horses!

Please take care while traveling with your horses this summer.

My husband is an equine vet and we were told 8 have died so far with two others gravely ill. I know there is at least one case in Davidson county from the Bucksnort ride (it was expected to pass away today haven't heard if it did). I have postponed my trail riding plans for about a month to let this die down. From what I understand nothing will kill the virus not bleach not even nolvasan.

Is there a reliable vaccination for it?  I heard there was not...

There isn't...that being said we are giving ours pnuemabort K it contains several strains of herpes virus and in our opinion is better than doing nothing at all. This is the shot typically given to mares at 5, 7, and 9 months to prevent abortion bc of rhino virus.

Thanks Amanda - smart idea about the pnuemabort K vaccine.  I may do that as well.  

Ur welcome, its sure not gonna hurt anything!

Amanda, It has been recommended to me to not take my horse on a four day ride to BSF for Memorial Day.  Was told it just was  not worth the risk.  What is your opinion on this?  Thanks for your input.

HI Nancy,

We are now bleaching between all horses in addition to what we already do.  We are also screening to see if anyone has been on the Buck Snort ride or has ridden with anyone that may have been exposed.  So Far there has been no cases in this area and we are monitoring this closely.  If you decide to stay home please let us know fairly soon as I have a waiting list a mile long!!!



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