Update: Quarantine on Colorado horse facility lifted after EHV-1 diagnosis

Good news from Colorado – a quarantine has been lifted on a facility following a diagnosis of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1)  last month.

The facility has been quarantined since May, when a horse brought into the state from Iowa had to be euthanized after displaying severe neurological symptoms stemming from the virus.

No other horses at the facility presented with symptoms of the virus, which can cause severe respiratory and neurological problems, according to the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

EHV-1 is highly contagious in horses and can lead to death. It isn’t transmissible to humans, although we can spread it between horses through our clothes and contact.

“While there was limited spread of this disease, it could have been much worse,” said Colorado State Veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr in a statement. “We encourage horse owners and event managers to always observe basic biosecurity practices such as limiting horse-to-horse contact, separating feeding, watering and tack supplies, and eliminating shared water sources at events to minimize transmission of all infectious diseases.”

There is no cure for EHV-1 but it is treatable. Vaccines are available.

The Colorado facility isn’t the only one that got good news they were in the clear this month – the Indiana State Board of Animal Health also lifted the quarantine on an Indiana equine boarding facility after a confirmed case of EHV-1 last month.

None of the other 45 horses at the Indiana facility presented with the disease.

Check out “Practical biosecurity for horse farms”  from TheHorse.com for tips on how to control infectious disease outbreaks.

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