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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

American Horse Council Washington Update: USDA Releases Fifth EHV-1 Situation Report

Courtesy American Horse Council

USDA has released the fifth national EHV-1 situation report. There was one newly identified premise with a suspect or confirmed EHV/EHM case during this last reporting period. We continue to ask all horse owners and organizations to maintain a measured and informed response along with responsible ownership practices to further mitigate the economic and health implications of this current outbreak. A summary of the updated information is as follows:

Summary Information on Current Situation (as of 06/15/2011):
  • A total of 90 confirmed EHV-1 or EHM cases have been reported in 10 states (AZ, CA, CO, ID, NM, NV, OK, OR, UT, WA)
  • Of the 90 confirmed EHV/EHM cases, 54 (corrected from previous reports) cases are horses that were at the Ogden, Utah event.
  • There are 13 horses associated with this incident that are dead or have been euthanized.
  • There is 1 newly identified premises with suspect or confirmed cases identified this reporting period.

The complete USDA EHV-1 Situation Report provides detailed information on the number of exposed, positive, dead, and euthanized horses on a state by state level. The AHC anticipates USDA releasing another national situation report at the end of next week. Please see the below links for additional information on EHV-1 transmission risks and disease mitigation strategies.

Additional Resources

USDA-APHIS website: EHV information sheets, color brochures, historical information, a review of disease mitigation strategies, and an EHV-1 guidance document (which will be available later today) "Recommendations for Horses Exposed to EHV-1 or EHM" can be found on the USDA-APHIS website at the following link:
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/nahss/equine/ehv/

AAEP website: General EHV resources through the American Association of Equine Practitioners:
http://www.aaep.org/EHV_resourcesowner.htm

Neurologic Disease Guidelines:
http://www.aaep.org/pdfs/control_guidelines/Neurologic%20Disease%20Guidelines.pdf

Equine Herpes Virus:
http://www.aaep.org/images/files/EquineHerpesvirusGuidelines051711.pdf

Biosecurity Guidelines:
http://www.aaep.org/pdfs/control_guidelines/Biosecurity_instructions%201.pdf

Biosecurity Instructions for Caretakers - English & Spanish:
http://www.aaep.org/pdfs/control_guidelines/Instructions%20to%20grooms.pdf

National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) website: For history of the current outbreak and additional outreach materials:
http://www.nchacutting.com/

ACVIM Consensus Statement on EHV-1:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1939-1676.2009.0304.x/pdf

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