Oregon State Treating Horse for Neurotrophic EHV-1

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The Oregon State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine announced Nov. 8 that it has diagnosed a horse with equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

The horse is being treated for the neurotropic form of the virus, which is a mutated type of EHV-1 with a higher likelihood of causing neurologic disease.

 The horse in question is from the Coos Bay, Oregon, area and became acutely affected with weakness and staggering on Nov. 4.

The animal is isolated at the Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in Corvallis.

“Horse owners should be aware that although EHV-1 is not transmissible to humans, people can spread the virus on their hands and clothing to horses, alpacas or llamas if they are in contact with an infected horse,” said Erica McKenzie, professor of large animal internal medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The college has discontinued all elective surgical and medical services for horses and camelids, such as llamas and alpacas, for at least the next two weeks to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.

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