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post #1 of 79 Old 03-31-2014, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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EHV-1 How concerned should I be?

How concerned should I be about EHV-1?

I have a healthy aged gelding, but we are going to do some traveling this year.
Kentucky the end of May.
Iowa the end of June.
Indiana in July.
Usually the venue is small, 40-50 horses. But some horses do come from Wisconsin and Iowa.

I have read up on the precautions and ways to help keep my horse safe but are they enough?

It is bad enough that I should just stay home this year? Or just avoid horses and events from WI and IA

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Be gravely concerned about EHV-1.

Personally were I in a state adjoining any infected states, I would keep my horses at home and not allow ANYONE on my property without a thorough shoe wash, scrubs and sanitation of any tools (for farrier, etc..). Until the last case is 2-4 weeks from initial illness, the epidemic is still considered to be active.

EHV-1 in the neurological form can devastate and kill even the healthiest horses, regardless of age, gender or inoculations. It is highly infectious and even being on a farm adjacent to an affected horse can put your horse at risk. Horses who are infected do not always show symptoms so the best practice is to stay home and bleach and Virkon absolutely everything that's been off the property or in contact with another horse. Don't go to other people's farms and JMO I would even avoid going to horsey social events or meeting a friend for coffee until the whole thing blows over!!

Years ago there was an EHV-1 outbreak and one show facility was the catalyst for the spreading of the disease (about 8 hours away from me) and they were devastated. The entire horse industry, including racing, completely shut down for quite a period until everything blew over. I don't think a single dressage horse contracted it - but there were no dressage clinics, there were no dressage shows and people from different barns simply called one another to chat instead of meeting up. Even 8 hours away, we were scared!

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Ok, Anabel, Now you put the fear of God in me.

Thanks for your info!

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I find it so weird how lax everyone is being about this... Literally two days after the outbreak a few years ago started a 2 day haul away from us, we were having a dressage clinic and people were worried. There were no cases within a 12 hour drive and folks were staying home!!
There were never any cases within a 2 hour drive of us, and no one did anything with their horses. I don't think farriers were even allowed on anyone's property!

I'm hoping this doesn't spread at all, because I am worried that with the lax protocols I'm seeing that we're going to have a North American pandemic :(

Also - it's better to be safe than sorry!! You will never, ever regret missing a blue ribbon at a local show - you would ALWAYS regret it for the rest of your life if you lost your horse to such a painful and horrific death as EHV-1, or if he had permanent brain damage :(

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Check out https://www.outbreak-alert.com/ to see where EHV has been reported.

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I read some accounts about the vaccine regarding mares/foals/studs. Supposedly it deforms the foals, makes mares who have not conceived unable to, and makes the studs infertile?

There was also an account where the vaccine didn't work at all for a horse, as it contracted the virus.

Not quite sure if it is to be taken in a grain of salt, however, there were a lot of accounts from different locations/barns.
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I read some accounts about the vaccine regarding mares/foals/studs. Supposedly it deforms the foals, makes mares who have not conceived unable to, and makes the studs infertile?

There was also an account where the vaccine didn't work at all for a horse, as it contracted the virus.

Not quite sure if it is to be taken in a grain of salt, however, there were a lot of accounts from different locations/barns.
And human vaccines give kids autism

That's the WNV vaccine and it's perfectly safe.

Flu/Rhino vaccine I'd inject into myself it is so benign. FEI regs require twice yearly inoculation with Flu/Rhino and quite the initial series (3 shots w/i 6 months). I've never had or heard of a reaction to the Flu/Rhino vaccine.
While it can protect against some more common forms of EHV - it usually only decreases the severity of the virus. And vaccinated horses can still contract and shed the virus to other horses without being symptomatic.

Sticking the horse with a vaccine does not mean you don't have to worry about EHV-1, unfortunately.

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PaintedHorseMares...interesting site. I see info falls off after 4 - 9 months depending on the disease. Thanks for posting this.

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Oh, I see. Apologies for it being off topic, I knew it was a vaccine of some sort, but couldn't remember which.
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Someone said that giving the Rhino vaccine will help deter or lesson the severity of a case of EHV-1. Does anyone know if this is true?

I currently don't vaccinate for Rhino as all I have is aged Geldings and no mares.
But I will now, especially if it helps.

Thanks for taking the time to answer.
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