Editor’s Note: It is not in Erie County, this is just a heads up for our friends in the “Horse Community” who may know other horse people in those areas who need to know about this.
For Immediate Release: March 13, 2019
NYS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS ADVISES HORSE
OWNERS TO MONITOR HORSES FOR SIGNS OF EQUINE HERPES VIRUS TYPE 1
Cases Confirmed, Quarantine in Effect at Two Horse Stables
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is advising owners,
boarders and riders to watch their horses closely for signs of Equine Herpes Virus Type
1 (EHV-1) after several cases of the virus were confirmed in horses boarded in Canton,
St. Lawrence County and Geneseo, Livingston County. The virus is not a threat to
humans, but people can also spread the virus from infected horses to other horses.
The Department is investigating the cases at St. Lawrence University’s horse boarding
facility and Leg Up Stables, which is home to SUNY Geneseo’s Equestrian Team. The
stables are working closely with the Department and have voluntarily quarantined their
animals and proactively instituted biosafety measures.
Horses and people who visited the facilities, competed at the venues, or who had
contact with these animals from February 23 through March 10 may have been exposed
to EHV-1. This virus may cause neurological signs, or Equine Herpes
Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), in horses. Symptoms can include fever, loss of balance
and unsteady gait.
In addition, people who visited the affected facilities during that time, and those who had
contact with these horses, should pay close attention to biosecurity and carefully
observe their own horses daily for neurological signs, which can indicate exposure to
EHV-1. They also are advised to contact their veterinarian and the Division of Animal
Industry at the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets at 518-457-3502.
If possible, exposed horses should be isolated from other horses for at least three
weeks after a known exposure. If an exposed horse has not shown any signs of EHV-1
infection for three weeks after the last known exposure, it is likely safe to resume normal
Vaccinations, while helpful, do not guarantee disease prevention.
Information on the disease, standards for biosecurity, control and other guidelines can
be found online. Precautions like hand-washing, using disinfectant and sanitizers,
changing clothes and not sharing equipment can help reduce the risk of transmission