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    12-20-2007, 01:37 PM
Urgent help -hepitius


I am looking for some advice please.

My friend called today to say that one of their mares is ill with Hepititus and that any horse that has been in contact with her also needs to be checked for the disease. My horse has...in April my horse did his stallion job with the mare , etc.

My question is this, the vet has said the mare is very sick and has a 90% chance of dying.

As we are in a foreign country it is sometime very difficult to get the proper English translations, what type of Hepititus can a horse catch and how?

My friends think the vet recommended my horse also be checked for hepitius and he will proabably need a vaccine. Does this sound right?

Please help it is the first time I have come across this. Will the horses stabled at the same place as my horse also need to be checked?
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    12-20-2007, 02:15 PM
I don't know anything about hepatitus in horses but here is an article that talks about it

Good luck, hope all works out well

    12-20-2007, 04:07 PM
Hi and thank you both for the reply.

The mare has been given treatment but only a 10% chance to survive.

They now think it was contracted from a horse that they brought locally which died within a week or so of them having it. That horse was then stolen and when the police went searching for it it was thought the thieves brought it back and poisoned it, so no further investigation as to why it died.

Now looking back (thats a year ago) the vet thinks that horse was a carrier and the stress of moving , (then being stolen) brought on the disease.

Unfortunately for my friends another 3 of their horses seem to have contracted it and need treatment, they have a better chance than the mare though and my horse will recieve a vaccine, the vet thinks he should be ok.

Thanks again for your help I will keep you posted with any news. I hope all the horses will be ok. The ver comes back on saturday and said if there is no improvement with the mare he wants to put her tp sleep, she is laying down at the moment, always a bad sign.
    12-24-2007, 06:20 AM
Finally tzhe vet arrived, so many emergencies prevented him from arriving on FRiday and Saturday but yesterday he made it.

Unfortunately the Mare of my friends died. They have 3 other sick horses, 2 have a good chance the other not so good but keeping fingers crossed. Their other 4 horses are ok.

My horse is ok, the vettook a blood sample and gave him a vaccine to prevent him form getting sick. He will have this every 3 months.

The name is Herpes not hepitius ( although there is some confusion as the vet does not speak fluent Englih and I do not speak fluent Hungaraian).

Apparently it can easily spread between horses and is a common cause of death.

I had not heard of it before though.

Symptons are horses unstable on their feet, discoloured urine, later blindnessa and eventually not eating.

Thanks for everyone help and interest.
    12-24-2007, 08:52 AM
Wow, I'm sorry about your friend's horse.

Equine Herpes Virus of which there are several strains, causes late term abortions, upper respiratory disease (nasal discharge, fever, coughing) or can mutate and cause neurological disease. It is easily spread.


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