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Equine

May 6, 2014

KDA confirms EHV-1 case in Kansas

Parsons, Kansas — The Kansas Department of Agriculture Animal Health Commissioner Dr. Bill Brown recently reported that a horse in northeast Kansas has been confirmed positive with a wild type of a non-neurotropic case of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1).

The affected horse was euthanized and samples were sent to Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on Friday, April 25. Preliminary tests showed lesions consistent to EHV-1.  Additional samples were then sent to the Equine Diagnostics Services in Lexington, Kentucky. Results from a PCR test were received Tuesday afternoon confirming the positive nature of the samples.

This horse had previously been to a large barrel racing event in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 10-13, where in the days following the event, a Wisconsin horse has also been confirmed positive for EHV-1 and euthanized.

Horse owners are encouraged to monitor animals carefully and to implementing good biosecurity practices for any equine facility.

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. The neurological form, including wild strains, of the disease is often fatal.  

For more information about EHV-1, please contact your local veterinarian.

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