Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) Update: May 25, 2011

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has no “confirmed” or “suspect” cases of the neurologic form of EHV-1 to report today. TAHC officials continue releasing primary traced horses and their cohorts (stablemates) that attended the Ogden, Utah, NCHA event.

Currently 16 known horses in Texas that attended the event and 185 cohorts (stablemates) remain under movement restrictions. There are a total of ten premises that have been exposed and those premises are in the following counties: Randall, Parker, Jack, Kerr and Mills counties.

TAHC and Texas veterinarians continue to investigate new situations statewide where horses are displaying symptoms consistent with that of the neurologic form of EHV-1.

If traveling out of state, TAHC officials urge horse owners to check with the state of destination before traveling. A downloadable list of contact information for all 50 state animal health agencies may be found on the U.S. Animal Association website (http://www.usaha.org/Reference/FederalStateAnimalHelalth.aspx) or on the USDA website (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/animals/animal_import/animal_imports_states.shtml).

The TAHC will post another Texas EHV-1 update tomorrow, Thursday, May 26 at 5:30 p.m. A new national report from USDA will also be available Friday, May 27.

For information regarding EHV-1, visit www.tahc.state.tx.us or Facebook (www.facebook.com/TexasAHC) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/TAHC).

Yvonne “Bonnie” Ramirez
Director of Public Information (Texas Animal Health Commission)
“Serving Texas Animal Agriculture Since 1893”

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