Idaho horse aborts pregnancy due to EHV-1

A mare in Gem County, Idaho, aborted her pregnancy after contracting EHV-1, and six other horses at the property are suspected positive.
Head of horse looking over the stable doors. Young stallion in a stable.

A mare at a private facility in Gem County, Idaho, aborted a pregnancy in late February. On February 27, it was confirmed that the abortion was caused by EHV-1 (wild-type) infection, despite all horses on the property being current on all recommended vaccinations.

In recent weeks, several other mares on the property also gave birth to weak foals or experienced unexpected pregnancy loss. EHV-1 diagnosis has not been confirmed in these horses. None of the horses on the property have left or arrived at the premises recently.

In total, six horses are suspected positive for EHV-1, and 25 horses are exposed. The affected horses are under voluntary quarantine.

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EHV 101

Herpesvirus is highly contagious among horses and can cause a variety of ailments in equids, including rhinopneumonitis (a respiratory disease usually found in young horses), abortion in broodmares and EHM.

In many horses, the first or only sign of EHV-1 infection is fever, which can go undetected. In addition to fever, other common signs of EHV-1 infection in young horses include cough, decreased appetite, depression and a nasal discharge. Pregnant mares typically show no signs of infection before they abort, and abortions usually occur late in gestation (around eight months) but can be earlier. Abortions can occur anywhere from two weeks to several months following infection with EHV-1.

Horses with EHM usually have a fever at the onset of the disease and might show signs of a respiratory infection. A few days later, neurologic signs such as ataxia (incoordination), weakness or paralysis of the fore- and hind limbs, urine retention and dribbling, loss of tail tone and recumbency (inability to rise) develop.

Herpesvirus is easily spread by nose-to-nose or close contact with an infectious horse; sharing contaminated equipment including bits, buckets and towels; or clothing, hands or equipment of people who have recently had contact with an infectious horse. Routine biosecurity measures, including hygiene and basic cleaning and disinfection practices, should be in place at all times to help prevent disease spread.

Current EHV-1 vaccines might reduce viral shedding but are not protective against the neurologic form of the disease. Implementing routine biosecurity practices is the best way to minimize viral spread, and the best method of disease control is disease prevention.

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