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State Press Release
- EHV-1 press release
SUSPECTED EQUINE HERPES CASES REPORTED IN TENNESSEE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has received reports of
Suspected cases of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) infection in horses that participated in a
Recent trail ride in Tennessee.
Six to 8 suspected cases of the neurological form of EHV-1 have been reported to the state
Veterinarian’s office. Horses are being treated, isolated and monitored by their attending
The horses may have been exposed to EHV-1 during the Bucksnort Trail Ride held April 23–
30 in Humphreys County. The event drew approximately 100 horses from multiple states. The
Movement of horses that attended the event is being restricted on a case by case basis.
TDA animal health officials are working with event organizers, neighboring state veterinarians
And private veterinarians to identify other horses that may have been exposed or are exhibiting
As a precaution, State Veterinarian Charles Hatcher recommends that horse owners who
Participated in the Bucksnort event work with their veterinarian to restrict movement and to
Monitor their horses. Hatcher also recommends that isolation and monitoring continue for
28 days if any clinical signs of disease are observed. Veterinarians should report suspected
Neurological cases of EHV-1 to the State Veterinarian’s office at 615-837-5120.
Equine Herpes Virus is highly contagious among horses but poses no threat to humans. The
Symptoms in horses may include a fever, nasal discharge, wobbly gait, hind-end weakness,
Dribbling of urine and diminished tail tone. The virus is easily spread by airborne transmission,
Horse-to-horse contact and by contact with nasal secretions on equipment, tack, feed and other
Surfaces. Caretakers can spread the virus to horses if their hands, clothing, shoes or vehicles
Are contaminated. The virus can cause aborted foals and can be fatal in some cases.
ELLINGTON AGRICULTURAL CENTER
BOX 40627, NASHVILLE, TN 37204