Below is a list of confirmed cases of the EHV-1 on a state-by-state basis as well as links to each report. Bruce Pokarney is with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Symptoms include fever, decreased coordination, nasal discharge, urine dribbling, lose of tail tone, hind limb weakness, leaning against a wall or fence to maintain balance, lethargy and the inability to stand. One neurological case (now recovered) first found positive at the start of May. Equine influenza is endemic in the United States, and outbreak situations occur intermittently. Equine influenza is not transferable to humans or other animal species, but can spread rapidly among horses and other equines. Mosquitoes bite infected birds and then can potentially transmit the infection to horses and humans.
Though many animals may carry the virus, it generally remains inactive until triggered by stress, including excessive exercise, during long-distance transport, or at weaning. It’s not transferable to humans or other animal species, but can spread rapidly among horses and other equine species. A low percentage of mosquitoes carry the virus and a low percentage of horses bitten by infected mosquitoes become ill, according to the ODA. The virus can be spread through coughing aerosols, direct contact or indirect contact through tack, feed and water buckets or by humans between horses. There is no specific treatment for the disease other than supportive care. EHV is not transmissible to people, but it is a serious disease of horses that can cause respiratory, neurologic disease, and death. “Over this weekend and over the next several days, the outbreak that could happen.
These horses have infected some others who have displayed clinical signs. The virus can also spread through the air, contaminated equipment, clothing, and hands. Symptoms include fever, decreased coordination, nasal discharge, urine dribbling, loss of tail tone, hind limb weakness, lethargy, and the inability to rise. While there is no cure, the symptoms of the disease may be treatable. “The EHV disease is very complex,” says LeaMaster. “Horse owners are advised to consult with their local veterinarian regarding vaccination and other preventive practices. They should continue to be vigilant by using strict biosecurity measures and hygiene practices.