Beautiful horses and talented riders will gather at the historic and picturesque Flintridge Riding Club in La Cañada-Flintridge, CA, for this weekend’s CDI*/Y/J dressage competition, May 26-29, 2011. In addition to serving as Southern California’s final qualifying competition for the Pan American Games Selection Trials, Dressage at Flintridge will also host the Markel/USEF Young Horse Western Selection Trial for the FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Championships in Verden, Germany. As one of only three nationwide Selection Trials to select representatives to represent the U.S. at the World Championships in August, these classes are always stocked with some of the best young dressage horse talent the country has to offer. Officiating for the weekend’s competition will be Linda Zang (5* USA), Gary Rockwell (5* USA), Natalie Lamping (4* USA), and Brenda Minor (4* CAN).
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Equine Herpesvirus Alert
On 5-12-11 we tended to a horse at the Colbert office of McKinlay & Peters Equine Hospital (MPEH) that was exhibiting clinical signs consistent with the neurologic form of EHV-1 or Rhinopneumonitis . The horse was here overnight and had no direct contact with any of the other horses on the premises. The horse was not exhibiting any other clinical signs of disease such as coughing or nasal discharge, nor was she febrile. She continued to eat and drink normally. She is showing clinical improvement at this time. To minimize the risk to other horses at our facility she was isolated while here. To further minimize risk she was discharged to her owners care and isolated at home the following morning. Because of the chance for this virus to be spread through the air we felt it prudent to adopt a quarantine policy at MPEH which will be in effect until at least 5-27-11. This means no horses will be allowed to come or go from our Colbert facility. It is not our intention to alarm anyone. The potential for exposure to other horses here is very low, but with the potential for aerosolization of the virus we feel like it is a necessary precaution to take. We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause to those of you who have plans to bring horses in, and especially to those who already have horses here. We are simply trying to be careful and do everything we can to avoid the potential spread of the virus at this time. Many of you will have further questions. In addition to the links that are provided here, we will continue to offer updates and further information as it becomes available. At this point, the diagnosis of EHV-1 is presumptive, based on the fact that the horse we saw here was at a show where other horses have since been diagnosed with EHV-1, and the clinical signs we witnessed on this horse are consistent with EHV-1 exposure. There has not been a definitive diagnosis on this horse yet, but test results are pending. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
McKinlay & Peters Equine Veterinary Hospital
5022 E. Ballard / Colbert, WA 99005
13802 W. Prairie Ave / Post Falls, ID 83854
Washington 509.238.4959 / Idaho 208.547.8813
Additional EHV-1 Links
National Cutting Horse Assoc.
American Assoc. of Equine Practiioners EHV-1 fact sheet
USDA - EVH-1
A Guide To Understanding the Neurologic Form of EHV Infection
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Colorado Department of Agriculture
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2011
Contact: Christi Lightcap, (303) 239-4190, Christi.firstname.lastname@example.org
Equine Herpesvirus Confirmed in Two Colorado Horses
Tips for Protecting Colorado Horses
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture continues to investigate the spread of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) within the state.
Disease Update as of 11am, 5/16/2010
- 2 confirmed cases of equines with EHV-1.
- 6 additional exposed horses are showing clinical signs of EVH-1.
- Currently horses in four different counties (Boulder, Larimer, Mesa, and Weld) are being investigated for the disease and are under hold or quarantine orders.
- One horse, which tested positive for EHV-1, was euthanized after showing severe neurological signs associated with the disease. A second horse was euthanized with similar symptoms but test results have not been confirmed at this point. The others are currently under treatment by veterinarians and in biosecure locations.
- Both confirmed EHV-1 positive horses had recently attended the National Cutting Horse Association’s Western National Championships in Ogden, Utah. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is working with the Utah State Veterinarian to investigate the location as a point of interest for the infection.
- This disease investigation is ongoing and constantly being updated.
What Can Horse Owners Do to Protect Their Horses?
If your horse attended the Ogden, Utah event:
CDA encourages all horse owners who attended the Ogden, UT, event should notify their veterinarian and isolate and monitor their horses for clinical signs of the disease. Individual horse and barn bio-security is very important. Some horses may not show signs of the disease but may still be a carrier. Those owners are also encouraged to restrict movement of their horses.
The Department also reminds horse owners to consider this disease risk before transporting horses. Like any disease, EVH-1 can transfer from nose-to-nose contact. It can also be spread by contaminated tack, equipment, and people’s clothing. In addition, the virus can be spread through aerosols (airborne) for a limited distance. Continue to monitor our webpage for further information to aid in the decision making for transporting horses.
“This disease can have tremendous affects on the horse community and I encourage horse owners to be vigilant about the disease prevention methods they use within their premises,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “Colorado livestock owners have always been diligent about protecting the health of their animals and this is an important time to continue or implement proper biosecurity practices.”
Biosecurity and biocontainment control practices can reduce the risk of exposure to this disease. Key points of a biosecurity plan include isolating new animals and those returning to the home premises, supplying clean feed and water, implementing infection-control practices for visitors and personnel and avoiding movement from various locations Especially important is the isolation of any sick horses and making contact with your veterinarian. Any individual horse with clinical signs consistent with neurological EHV-1 infection should be removed immediately from the area and placed in a separate enclosure for isolation. Effective biosecurity practices lead to fewer health problems for animals and contribute to a longer and better-quality life.
For more information on equine biosecurity methods, visit http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_health/content/printable_version/HorseBioSecurity_final.pdf.
General Disease Information
EHV-1 is not transmissible to people; it can be a serious equine disease 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.
The Department has received numerous calls from veterinarians, horse owners and media. To help facilitate a timely response, please see the following list.
- If you want to get your horse tested: contact your local veterinarian.
- If you are a horse owner and have questions about the disease, testing, or other aspects of the investigation:
- Contact your local veterinarian
- Dr. Kate Anderson, 303-239-4161, Kate.email@example.com
- Dr. Carl Heckendorf, 303-239-4161, Carl.Heckendorf@ag.state.co.us
- If you are a media outlet and would like an interview: contact Christi Lightcap, 303-239-4190, Christi.firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Resources—The following information is also posted on our website at www.colorado.gov/ag :
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