|On Sun, 5/13/12, we recieved the following notification from the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office. Subject: STATE VET’S OFFICE – EHV-1 Diagnosed in ColoradoDate: Sunday, May 13, 2012, 5:59 PM
Equine Herpesvirus Confirmed in Colorado Horse.
EHV-1 is not transmissible to people; it can be a serious disease of horses that can cause respiratory, neurologic disease and death. The most common way for EHV-1 to spread is by direct horse-to-horse contact. 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, leaning against a wall or fence to maintain balance, lethargy, and the inability to rise. While there is no cure, the symptoms of the disease may be treatable.
USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service Resources (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/nahss/equine/ehv/)
American Assoc. of Equine Practitioners Fact Sheet (http://www.aaep.org/pdfs/control_guidelines/Equine%20Herpes%20Virus.pdf)