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    03-05-2012, 04:45 AM

There have been reports that our area has had herpes outbreaks.

What do I look for
How, if, can I stop it?
What is the best procedure when this happens


Any info welcome!
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    03-05-2012, 06:23 AM
Green Broke
......use protection........

I don't have any advice as I really have no idea.
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    03-05-2012, 06:34 AM
Celibacy? :P

Sorry mate couldn't resist! Trust the Aussies to poke fun!
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    03-05-2012, 06:36 AM
Charming, really...the pair of you!! Horses not humans. Should have posted this later when you were all in bed!!

I have no idea about anything on this, and not doing a search on my work computer!!

Anyone with useful advice?
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    03-05-2012, 09:35 AM
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It is a variation of the very 'ordinary' Rhino Virus that usually only causes the 'snots' in young horses and abortion in non-vaccinated broodmares.

This form is neurological and is fatal unless horses are treated for inflammation and brain swelling ASAP. Most effective treatment seems to be IV DMSO.

No one knows who or why the Rhino Virus morphs into this rare really serious form. Entire ranches, show ground and even a University Vet School equine facility have been quarantined because of it.

There is no vaccine (including vaccine for the other more common forms) that protects a horse against it.

Here is a link to more information.
Equine Herpes Virus Symptoms, Problems, Treatment - Articles :: Horses in the South - Premier Directory Portal for the Southern USA
    03-05-2012, 09:40 AM
Link won't work at work, so will check it at home.. thanks Cherie! Fingers crossed it doesn't hit us!
    03-05-2012, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Celibacy? :P

Sorry mate couldn't resist! Trust the Aussies to poke fun!
Originally Posted by HowClever    
......use protection........

I don't have any advice as I really have no idea.
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Where are your minds?!

I might be wrong but isn't this the one that makes their breathing a little poopie? And maybe blood in the lungs?
    03-05-2012, 09:48 AM
Thank you FP, I feel violated :'(

I don't know.. hoping when the link works at home I can read more D:
    03-05-2012, 09:55 AM
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Here is newer link that was put out by USDA when the big outbreak in Utah happened last year. Maybe this link will work better. [I retried the other link and it worked for me, though.]

USDA - APHIS - Animal Health Surveillance & Monitoring - Equine Herpes Virus
    03-05-2012, 09:58 AM
Thanks Cherie... its purely because I'm at work and they block a load of things ;)

When I found out I sort of did a mad ARGH run around WHAT DO WE DOOO WE'RE DOOMED sort of thing... but will inform my trainer/YO this evening.. not answering her phone, so she is aware. I don't think anyone brings their horses that far to ride, thankfully!

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