Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes View Post
Yes, Taffy that #9 horse was at two separate barns in MN before heading home and getting sick. Apparently it is well contained to that one horse in IA.
There is a case in CO too, but they are on complete lockdown as well.
I'm not sure why the ball was dropped with MN to be honest, there was a lot of travel after the original positives showed up. At least a couple of these horses could've been avoided if everyone would've kept their butts at home until it blew over. The state should'v released where these horses had traveled so that people could be aware that they might have an infected horse and quarantine appropriately.
Nell, there was another horse sale that same weekend and another auction this weekend. There is even a vet clinic putting on a vaccination clinic in the midst of this.
Personally, I'm glad that this originated in Minnesota, because at least your vets are taking this seriously!!! We have some vets here that are very serious about it, but most of them (including some Iowa State vets) are just sort of pooh-poohing it.
The barn that the Iowa horse is located in is a 75+ stall barn, with many different disciplines. I'm afraid that the local vets there may not quarantine the potential shedders long enough.
As I said before, I am quite fed up with some of the Iowa vets. They really aren't taking this seriously. I know one guy that does a harnessing demo at the Iowa Horse Fair decided not to go, and relayed his decision to the group he's in charge of. This is the response a vet sent back:
"I know that the subject of a possibly fatal disease to your horses is a frightening thought to owners. However some of the hysteria being created is overblown due to misinformation. The one positive case in Iowa actually tested positive for the wild strain of the virus, not the neuropathologic strain. The outbreak in Minn was restricted to a barrel racing event. While there is certainly a concern for owners to protect their stock, the risk for the Horse Fair is minimal. A lot of owners are now hauling in for the day to avoid stabling. This may not be an option for some so people need to do what they can to minimize exposure to other horses, I.e., no sniffing noses, etc. Everyone has to be comfortable in the decision they make regarding attendance but hopefully with more information, the decision is easier. Please forward this on as you see fit."
From all I've read from the Minnesota vets (thank god for them!), this is a non-neurotropic form that is displaying neurological symptoms. So it is still just as deadly! Why are people ignoring this? I understand not wanting to cause mass hysteria, but a little hysteria coupled with extra caution would be beneficial in this situation!