OSU Veterinarians Respond To Case Of Virus Harmful To Horses, Alpacas, And Llamas

By: Brian Bull
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture
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Oregon State University’s alpacCollege of Veterinary Medicine is ceasing all medical and surgical services for horses, llamas, and alpacas for at least two weeks.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s because they’ve isolated a horse infected with a potentially harmful virus.

The horse was recently transported from Coos Bay, with an acute case of equine herpes virus. While naturally occurring and common in horses, a mutated, neurotropic form of the virus can cause severe problems if untreated.

Erica McKenzie is a professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine at OSU.

“Occasionally horses that are infected with the wild type strain can develop neurologic signs," she says.

"And horses infected with a mutated strain have a higher likelihood of showing neurologic signs: hind limb weakness, difficulty urinating, difficulty passing manure, and having a flaccid tail.

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