EHV-1 Information From UF Veterinary Hospitals
February 22, 2013 – A horse from the HITS Ocala show grounds has been confirmed positive for equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHV-1 neurologic disease). The diagnosis was obtained by the UF Large Animal Medicine service. The horse has been quarantined in our equine isolation facility since admission. Information about quarantine and management of the show grounds will be directed by the state veterinarian’s office.
Equine herpes virus is a DNA virus that is widespread in the horse population. It can be spread by horse-to-horse contact, by contaminated hands, equipment and tack, and over short distances through aerosolization (airborne spread). Initial clinical signs of the infection may be non-specific and can include fever and respiratory signs.