Veterinarian says there is no clinic quarantine, one infected horse being treated on farm


    <p>Horses present at Pahrump's Nevada State Junior/High School Rodeo last month may have been exposed. (PHOTO: Pixabay){/p}

    SATURDAY 11:40 A.M. UPDATE | A veterinarian treating horses for EHV-1 says there is not a mandated quarantine on a veterinary clinic in the valley.

    "I am an equine veterinarian , owner of Desert Pines Equine Center," wrote Dr. Leslie Schur in a late Friday email to News 3. "My veterinary team has been the professionals working on these horses. I am writing to correct your misinformation that there is a veterinary clinic on a mandated quarantine. This is not the case. The horse in question is at a private residence and has not been to our or any other vet hospital. We have treated him on the farm on an ambulatory basis."

    State veterinarian Dr. JJ Goicoechea confirmed by phone Saturday that one horse at a boarding facility in northwest Las Vegas is infected with the virus and that is the only facility under a quarantine.

    "Nothing in and nothing out at the boarding facility," Goicoechea said Saturday. "Just the one horse of several that are there has tested positive for the virus."

    ORIGINAL | A Clark County facility has been placed on quarantine after a positive case of equine herpes virus type 1 (EHV-1) was reported at the facility. Horses present at Pahrump's Nevada State Junior/High School Rodeo last month may have been exposed.

    EHV-1 is a severe form of the virus known to cause dangerous symptoms in horses.

    “I have issued this quarantine to help prevent the spread of disease during equine event season in Nevada and surrounding states,” said state veterinarian Dr. JJ Goicoechea. “Equine Herpes Virus-1 can cause respiratory disease in young horses, abortions in pregnant mares and neurologic disease in older horses.”

    Owners of any horses present in February's show are asked to monitor their horses for symptoms of the disease, such as fever, cough or runny nose. Symptoms of the infection can take between four to 14 days to appear, and neurological disease may occur eight to 12 days after that.

    “I urge all horse owners to monitor their horses closely, taking temperatures twice daily and seeking veterinarian care for any fevers over 102 degrees,” Dr. Goicoechea said. “It is especially important to practice biosecurity to minimize the risk of spreading disease.”

    The following steps are recommended to prevent spread of the disease:

    • Never share equipment between horses, and always wear clean clothes when going from ill horses to others.
    • Always start chores at healthy horses, and end with sick or recovering (within 30 days) horses.
    • Avoid common areas such as hitching rails, wash racks, etc. during an outbreak.

    EHV-1 cannot infect humans, so there is no public health risk. As a result, the name of the affected facility has not been released.

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