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    03-06-2013, 04:34 PM
Green Broke
Okey so what I just read was that the vaccine helps in creating resistance to EHV but not the neurological form of it, which is the form that kills adult horses.

And I still cannot find anything about current outbreaks? We have a new horse coming to our barn next week. Obviously in quarantine for two weeks but still I worry since I have an elderly horse.
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    03-06-2013, 04:35 PM
Outbreaks in Utah and Florida as well.

Utah: Eight Cases of EHV-1 Confirmed | Rate My Horse PRO
    03-06-2013, 04:45 PM
Green Broke
Ok I see a few more cases in other states but still nothing in the midwest.

How would you go about making sure a new horse doesn't have it?
    03-06-2013, 05:01 PM
This was posted on the Illinois equine practitioners facebook page:

Many of you may already know, but there have been several cases of confirmed EHV-1 at Double W farm in Gurnee Illinois. 2 severely neurologic recumbant horses have been euthanized. It is not believed any of these horses were in contact with any horses from the Florida outbreak. It is not known at this time where the horses may have come in contact with the disease. The farm has been placed under quarentine.
    03-06-2013, 05:11 PM
Poppy, all new horses introduced to your barn should be quaratined well away for several weeks, to prevent the spread of swamp fever, influenza, strangles, etc.
    03-06-2013, 05:14 PM
Green Broke
They do get quarantined for two weeks but not really far away just they can't touch. This is a new horse to the owner as well. So what kinds of things should I ask owner about new horse?
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    03-06-2013, 05:28 PM
Some of the horses from double w were at a farm for a clinic in wisconsin last week....i am super worried. I was supposed to go to a show in Gurnee in a couple weeks and am going to horse fair at the end of april =/
    03-06-2013, 06:16 PM
Originally Posted by poppy1356    
Ok I see a few more cases in other states but still nothing in the midwest.

How would you go about making sure a new horse doesn't have it?
Poppy, Foxhunter is right, the vaccine can lessen the symptoms but it doesn't prevent the disease entirely and the neuro form is what is the most dangerous, though with a senior horse I'd worry about either form. The best thing to do is to maintain strict biosecurity with the new horse, no nose to nose contact, feed and water the new horse last as well as muck that stall last and always wash hands/ change clothes before feeding and watering the next day. Have a foot bath (dilute bleach should work) to step in after mucking stalls. Be careful of how buckets are filled, meaning don't put hoses down into buckets as disease can be spread if mucus and gunk gets on the hose and it is put into another bucket where it gets into another horse's water. And ALWAYS take twice daily rectal temps on new horses. A spike in temp can be your first indicator the horse is sick, before any other signs are present.

A note on vaccines in general: even if you are vaccinating for the right strain, it does not mean you prevent disease. Vaccinations are not 100% effective and every animal or person's immune system will react differently. They are our best means of reducing risk but by no means does vaccination mean complete immunity.
    03-06-2013, 07:38 PM
Green Broke
Good thing my vet will be out next week. New horse will be in separate paddock not in barn so I will make sure to be extra careful. Any way to see all cases being reported right away? To make sure it's not up here
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    03-06-2013, 08:20 PM
There's no way that I am aware of to find up to the minute reports on stuff like that. Wish there was, it should be full public knowledge so that we can all help prevent spread. Maybe someone else knows of a way and will chime in.

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