Due to the increased number of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-!) cases across the nation, State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes reminds horse owners and operators of horse shows/exhibitions to be vigilant and exercise biosecurity measures at all events wehre horses co-mingle.
EHV-1 cases are confirmed in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Tennessee and Utah. Nebraska and Iowa do not have any confirmed cases, "and we'd prefer to keep it that wasy," said Hughes.
Horse owners should wash hands and equipment and clothes that come into contact with horses other than their own and isolate horses returning from shows for 2 to 3 weeks. Check with your vet about vaccinations.
The disease is spread by direct or indirect contact between horses, including use of shared water and feed sources and equipment. More information is at nda.nebraska.gov.