Second Texas Horse That Had Been in Oklahoma Tests Positive with Equine Herpes MyeloencephalopathyFri, 11 May 2018 07:55:32 CDT
State Veterinarian Dr. Rod Hall has sent a message out Friday morning about a second Texas horse that has tested positive for Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy. Here is the text of the message sent to animal health officials out across the state:
"I wanted to let everyone know that Texas has notified us that they have a second horse with the neurologic form of EHV that attended the BBR Barrel Racing event in OKC April 26-29. The first horse became neurologic late on May 5 after attending a barrel race event in Texas, but it had also attended the BBR in OKC.
"So far we have not been notified of any Oklahoma horses with symptoms. This is a reportable disease in Oklahoma, so we ask that you report horses with neurologic symptoms to us.
"Please educate your clients and stakeholders about the disease. The virus does not survive well in the environment. Our large equine venues in Oklahoma perform biosecurity measures after each event so we believe it is safe for owners to continue to take their horses to events. Itís also important for owners to vaccinate horses regularly and do not take horses that have signs of any illness, or that have been ill in the past two weeks, to equine even
"I want to emphasize again that there is no need to panic or cancel events. We just want to encourage horse owners to be diligent and use common sense."
Dr. Hall also reminds all horse owners to please report any suspicious illness to your veterinarian or the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry: the contact at ODAFF is Dr. Michael Herrin- his number is (405) 522-6142.
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