I heard their was a recent out break of EHV-1 in Illinois. I am within 500 miles of the barn that was found to have cases, anyway I can stay safe and since I am at a boarding facility, what can I do?
A direct quote from the FB page of my local riding club.
According to numerous reputable veterinary sources, there has been an outbreak of EHV-1 in horses in Illinois. Equine Herpesvirus-1 causes respiratory and neurologic disease and is extremely contagious. Several cases have been confirmed at a farm in Gurnee, IL, and two horses with the often fatal neurologic form have been euthanized. Please consult your veterinarian for specific preventative protocol and use caution when considering transporting your horses anywhere during this time.
Effective this morning, Thursday, March 7th, the Barrington Hills Park District will close the Riding Center for one week as a precaution. During that time, BHPD will evaluate the threat and determine the necessity of any extended closure.
The HUGE shows, million $ horses went ahead, they just took precautions. If you are not at a barn that has horses coming and going, you will be fine. Even then you are fine if the horses are in a separate/isolated area.
It's everywhere, people just need to use common sense for incoming horses.