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    05-14-2012, 02:26 PM
  #11
Weanling
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Originally Posted by RhondaLynn    
......I just wish the state of Tennesse would make some decisions and let people KNOW..

Rhonda
I just hope folks will truly grasp the ease with which this thing can be transmitted and how convoluted the vectors can be. I would rather be a bit TOO careful than not quite careful enough. When a mistake is made, it's made and there is no going back.

And as the next post says, since there were so many horses at Bucksnort from so many places, being physically far from "ground zero" doesn't give anybody much security.

When the outbreak happened from the cutting show last year, our barn was hundreds of miles from the nearest known case and we still felt at risk because of the fact that horses come and go to and from various events over a pretty large area these days. But, this time our barn is a lot nearer to the action than last year. I don't like this a bit.

I've only lost one horse to a "sudden death" (broken leg, almost 50 years ago) and I just can't imagine how hard it must be on the folks who have already lost horses to this outbreak and the folks who have horses who were exposed directly. I'm praying for all of 'em....

When/if I hear any more reliable info about the case that we're near to, I'll post it here.

May the Lord protect our horses....
     
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    05-14-2012, 02:28 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Ne0n Zero    
Wow.. I live up in Erie, PA and the barn Beau is at is pretty secluded; just a private boarding barn, no lessons or horses being trailered in from anywhere or anything, but since it says horses came in from multiple states, this makes even me nervous ._.

These outbreaks are scary. I wish everyone the best.

I wish that boarding barns that allow outside horses to haul in and ride their trails would slap a moratorium on that practice until this burns out. Isolation is the best policy at this point. It's not like it takes forever and the wait could definitely be worth it.
     
    05-15-2012, 12:25 AM
  #13
Weanling
Just saw a report that there has been a case confirmed in Colorado. It did not mention any link to the Bucksnort trail ride. The report said that the horse had been transported from Iowa and had been put down after showing severe signs of the disease. The report said that a location in Douglas County has been quarantined.

The report also mentioned Tennessee and Kentucky but made no mention of the case in Mississippi.
     
    05-15-2012, 12:40 AM
  #14
Weanling
Here's a USDA page with good info about the Neurological EHV:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/nahss/e...chure_2009.pdf
     
    05-15-2012, 12:53 AM
  #15
Weanling
Here's a link to the complete story on the Colorado case:

Equine Herpes Confirmed In Douglas County Horse - News Story - KRDO Colorado Springs
     
    05-15-2012, 01:00 AM
  #16
Weanling
Here's a story about the Mississippi cases:

Equine EHV-1 deadly outbreak contained - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS
     
    05-15-2012, 09:42 AM
  #17
Yearling
This continues to scare the crap out of me. I stay home with my guy right now. But I have friends who "WERE" riding all over.

Until this last outbreak in TN I hadn't a clue it is an airborne virus either. I knew it could be spread through bodily fluids. I knew it was contagious, highly contagious. I just didn't realize until now, if this breaks out in a densely horse populated area, we could be in for a mess. For a LONG time.

I can't help but wonder if this virus can be carried by rats, bats, moles and such. If horses can get it through the air, can humans become a carrier? Can we "have" the virus and carry it and infect other horses? I'm reading, but the mind wanders down some scarey roads when dealing with something like this.
     
    05-15-2012, 09:58 AM
  #18
Weanling
Rascal-I totally agree with you about where the mind will take you when you start thinking of all the ramifications of this virus!

Hubby and I were going to Circle E in Tennessee and ride.. not an organized ride but still other horses will have been in the stall and around the facility.

We have decided to not go to ANY facility that has had horses there.

Even a private house that rents the cabin with a barn/turn out area.. We considered just renting the house and going on trails up at Big SouthFork but then realized that if an infected horse had been there before us, even if it was a week or so before us.. then our horses could catch it.

We are being paranoid and plan to continue being so for at least a while..

Even tho this means we miss our usual vacation with the horses!!

Rhonda
     
    05-15-2012, 11:37 AM
  #19
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rascaholic    
If horses can get it through the air, can humans become a carrier?
We can definitely "carry" it on our hands, clothes, shoe soles, etc..... I can't remember how long it can live outside of a host, but I think it was something like 14 days. Not sure about the exact length of time though....

A person who feeds/handles an infected horse should seriously disinfect, change clothes, change shoes, etc before coming into contact with or even being around non-infected horses. The quarantine needs to be pretty tight.
     
    05-15-2012, 11:59 AM
  #20
Weanling
Seems like alot of us here in this thread live in and around these states, I have been reading through and am now really concerned, Looks as if there are 3 cases in mississippi! Is there a vaccine I can get my horses???
     

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