This will be easy. Just click on the link, a page will open, and you read.
The Washington Post published a succinct and poignant editorial letter today from Dr Nat White, director of the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia. As you know if you read this blog, his hospital has been quarantined for the past few weeks after some horses there showed symptoms of Equine Herpes Virus. Several horses were euthanized during the small outbreak but, on a much larger scale, the horse industry in northern Virginia was paralyzed. If you’ve ever driven on Route 50 from Washington toward Middleburg, you know that the area is not just horsey, the road itself if horsey. There are normally more horse trailers than trucks on that highway. And when a virus quarantine happens during breeding season, the effects can be very far-reaching.
Dr. White touches on those subjects and the need for more research in his letter. Click here to go to the Washington Post and have a quick read. There is also a link there to email the article to your friends and horse industry contacts.
Then scroll down to the next post and read about the latest outbreak, this time just up the coast from California’s Silicon Valley. Perhaps you’ve been affected by one of the disease quarantines this winter, or perhaps you will be affected by the next one. Stay informed. This blog will continue to try to keep up. It’s disturbing that there is so much EHV news to report.
Photo of Dr White courtesy of Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center and Hoofcare & Lameness Journal.