The Equine Resources Committee at Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut has convened a panel of experts, including state veterinarian Dr. Mary Jane Lis, to discuss the recent outbreak of the Equine Herpes Virus-One in an information session at 7:15 p.m. Friday, February 9, in room 201 of the Drubner Center.
The panel will give the latest overview on EHV-1, including how it develops, the symptoms and treatments as well as preventative measures.There will be information on the status of quarantines in the state and how to control the spread of this disease.The panel will also discuss issues connected with the overall handling of horses to prevent the spread of any communicable disease now and in the future.
This is critical information, as anyone handling horses must be careful that they do not inadvertently spread disease not only from one horse to another, but from one barn to another. The expert panel will include the state veterinarian and other experts and veterinarians from the area, and will be followed by a question and answer period.
The virus has already caused many cancellations of shows and made many horses sick. One horse was treated for the disease at Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, near Waterbury; across the state, the horse farm at the University of Connecticut has been quarantined, with more than a dozen cases.
Tickets will be available for a price of $10 at the door. Those seeking additional information may call 203-596-4631 or e-mail CBaker@post.edu.
Post University has a very active equine studies and management program, as well as therapeutic riding, intercollegiate horse show teams, and student boarders.