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    05-10-2012, 09:18 PM
Rhino-virus outbreak! Just a warning to all you horse owners!

There has a been a large Rhino Virus (Equine Herpesvirus) outbreak. Shows are being canceled all over, as horses have already died. There are many confirmed cases, and many horses on quarantine. The outbreak is mainly in Tennessee at this point, but it is spreading quickly. Please keep your horses safe, and pass this on to other horse owners!
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    05-10-2012, 09:22 PM
  • EHV-1 press release‏

9:12 AM


Dean Butler


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has received reports of
Suspected cases of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) infection in horses that participated in a
Recent trail ride in Tennessee.

Six to 8 suspected cases of the neurological form of EHV-1 have been reported to the state
Veterinarian’s office. Horses are being treated, isolated and monitored by their attending

The horses may have been exposed to EHV-1 during the Bucksnort Trail Ride held April 23–
30 in Humphreys County. The event drew approximately 100 horses from multiple states. The
Movement of horses that attended the event is being restricted on a case by case basis.

TDA animal health officials are working with event organizers, neighboring state veterinarians
And private veterinarians to identify other horses that may have been exposed or are exhibiting

As a precaution, State Veterinarian Charles Hatcher recommends that horse owners who
Participated in the Bucksnort event work with their veterinarian to restrict movement and to
Monitor their horses. Hatcher also recommends that isolation and monitoring continue for
28 days if any clinical signs of disease are observed. Veterinarians should report suspected
Neurological cases of EHV-1 to the State Veterinarian’s office at 615-837-5120.

Equine Herpes Virus is highly contagious among horses but poses no threat to humans. The
Symptoms in horses may include a fever, nasal discharge, wobbly gait, hind-end weakness,
Dribbling of urine and diminished tail tone. The virus is easily spread by airborne transmission,
Horse-to-horse contact and by contact with nasal secretions on equipment, tack, feed and other
Surfaces. Caretakers can spread the virus to horses if their hands, clothing, shoes or vehicles
Are contaminated. The virus can cause aborted foals and can be fatal in some cases.

BOX 40627, NASHVILLE, TN 37204
    05-10-2012, 09:31 PM
    05-10-2012, 09:34 PM
So far three horses that were at the Bucksnort Trail Ride in April have died and many others are sick.

We were planning on the Bucksnort Memorial Day ride, we have gone every year for about 10 years now. But it has been cancelled and the June ride may be too, I don't know yet.
    05-10-2012, 10:04 PM
Now I'm scared to go to my show next week
I almost got my mare vaccinated for Rhino too >.>
    05-10-2012, 10:33 PM
So wait we're safe if didn't go on the Bucksnort trail and don't come in contact with horses that did? I'm 3 hours from Nashville but I don't show or anything should I be worried? Im freaking out now cause I went on a trail ride down the road where my horses are boarded but theres no other horses around but the ones where I board.
    05-10-2012, 11:06 PM
It's airborne?? I thought it had to be spread by contact?
    05-11-2012, 05:32 AM
Different Strain..

Originally Posted by Lexiie    
Now I'm scared to go to my show next week
I almost got my mare vaccinated for Rhino too >.>
I think this is actually a mutated strain of Rhino so the vaccine may or may not protect your horse. Wish I could find more info on it.. NZ search engine turns up little and won't let me use .com!! GRRRRRR
    05-11-2012, 01:09 PM
This is actually a mutated strain of the Rhino virus that has gone airborne. A horse coughing or sneezing can spread it up to 35 feet, and the wind can also blow it. The bad thing is that this one can go neurological and that's what kills the horses.

If you plan on showing or trail riding, I would suggest that you keep your horses away from the others (as much as possible). Don't let them graze, take a hay bag or something with you instead. Everyone take care.
    05-11-2012, 01:24 PM
Thanks for the warning!!! That's scary though I thought my girls were safe with their vacinnations, you never know so I always brings hay bags and my own water buckets

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