Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) – Several cases of equine herpes have been confirmed in horses in New York, including Geneseo and Canton.
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has recommended that horse owners, boarders and riders carefully monitor the signs of equine herpes simplex virus 1. The virus does not represent threat to humans, but it can be transmitted by infected horses to uninfected horses.
Symptoms of EHV-1 may include fever, loss of balance, and unsteady gait. Vaccinations against EHV-1 do not guarantee the prevention of the disease.
Cases have been confirmed at the St. Lawrence University Horse Board and at Leg Up Stables, home to the SUNY Geneseo Equestrian Team.
All horses have been voluntarily quarantined while the Department of Agriculture and Markets is using it to discover the source of the virus and prevent it from spreading further. Proactive biosecurity measures have also been put in place by the two stables.
The dates on which horses and persons may have been exposed to EHV-1 exposure range from February 23 to March 10. This time is reserved for anyone who has visited the facilities, participated in competitions or has been in contact with these animals. .
If possible, any exposed horse should be quarantined by other horses for at least three weeks from the date of a known exposure. If an exposed horse shows no symptoms of infection for three weeks, it is probably safe to remove it from isolation.
Questions can be directed to a veterinarian and the Animal Industry Division of the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets at (518) 457-3502.