Deadly Equine Virus Spreads

Our Friend Calli the Horse belonging to Mommy Peep Betty and the Min Pin Gang. She is healthy, just posing as our poster horse for the day.

We are shocked to learn that the deadly equine herpes virus (EHV) is spreading in Monmouth County, NJ.  Six farms are now under quarantine in the county. 

According to an article in the Asbury Park Press   

“The virus is not harmful to humans but can be spread by humans visiting one farm and coming in contact with horses at another  farm.  The virus is in , the air, on clothing and equipment according the  federal Department of Agriculture.”

The virus can cause respiratory problems in horses as well as causing miscarriages in pregnant mares.

We found the information below about the disease at Ezine Articles.   

“The disease is spread by infected horses through their respiratory secretions. Horses can contract the disease through nose-to-nose contact, sharing buckets, bits, lip chains and even on handlers. Once the virus has made it into the horse, the virus travels through the bloodstream. The early symptoms include nasal discharge and a slight increase in temperature. The fever does not remain consistent, so if you believe that your horse is showing symptoms, you will want to check their temperature every six hours. The nasal discharge will begin clear, but will turn to thick and milky. Your veterinarian can obtain swabs of the discharge and blood samples to test for the disease.

If the horse is infected with the neurological strain, the horse will begin to show symptoms in six to twelve days. The initial progression of the disease may happen quickly and within 24 to 72 hours. Fevers are generally over 102 degrees Fahrenheit and other symptoms include the nasal discharge, depression and loss of appetite. The first neurological symptoms may begin in the hindquarters and may include toe dragging, a floppy tail, incontinence and weakness in the hind legs. Eventually, the horse will not be able to stand. If the horse is down for more than twenty-four hours, it is not likely that they will survive the infection.”

Please be aware and practice “SAFE FARM”.  We don’t like to see any pets get ill, ever.

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