Lexington, KY – July 26, 2021 – The Kentucky Summer Horse Shows are set to begin July 28, 2021, and Kentucky Horse Shows LLC is dedicated to the health, welfare, and safety of all exhibitors both equine and human.
Due to the positive case of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) secondary to EHV-1 at the Sonoma Horse Park, horses that attended the horse shows in Sonoma or were in close contact with horses that attended the horse shows in Sonoma between July 19 and 25 will not be permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Complete details of Kentucky Horse Shows Biosecurity Requirements can be found by clicking here.
As a general reminder, nose-to-nose contact between horses should be limited and sharing equipment (tack or feeding) between horses should be avoided unless thoroughly disinfected between uses.
Thank you for your efforts in protecting the health of our equine partners during the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows.
For more information about the Kentucky Horse Shows, please visit www.KentuckyHorseShows.com.
According to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) infection in horses can cause not only the neurologic disease (Equine Herpes Virus Myeloencephalopathy, or EHM for short) that is in the news now, but also respiratory disease, abortion in mares and neonatal foal death. Viruses spread through the air, contaminated equipment, clothing (including boots) and hands.
A virus, according to Wikipedia, is a biological agent that reproduces inside the cells of living hosts. Once the host cell is infected by a virus, it is forced to produce many thousands of identical copies of the original virus at an astounding rate. Because viruses do not have cells that divide, the new viruses accumulate in the infected host cell. Viruses are found wherever there is life and have most likely existed since living cells first evolved.
Viral infections are usually eliminated by the body’s immune system which protects against disease by identifying and killing pathogens and tumor cells. Detection of viruses is complicated as the pathogens can evolve rapidly, adapting easily to avoid the defenses of the immune system. When the immune system is not functioning properly, recurring and life-threatening infections can result. How can horse owners help protect their horses and build up their immune system?
Continue reading Helping to Cope with the Equine Herpes Virus-1, Naturally →
As of 12:00 PM EST on May 20, cases of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) have been confirmed in eight states and in Canada. Please use the state veterinarian in your state as a resource for information and guidance regarding this disease.
Please see the USDA situation report for updated information: http://image.exct.net/lib/feef1d757d6307/m/1/USDA+EHV-1+Situation+Report.pdf.
Affected States’ State Veterinarian Contact Information:
Phone: (916) 654-1447
Phone: (208) 332-8544
Phone: (503) 986-4680
New Mexico: http://www.nmbvm.org/
Phone: (505) 841-6161
Phone: (801) 538-7162
Phone: (360) 902-1881, (360) 902-1835
Continue reading UPDATED: Information Regarding Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) and Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) →
The following information is from the Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian, Robert Stout, DVM. Unfortunately there are a great many rumors and unverified information continues to circulate about the current outbreak of EHV-1. The information contained in this notice is current and has been verified by the proper veterinary authorities. The Kentucky Horse Council works closely with the Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian to ensure that all information related to disease outbreaks is factual and correct.
The USDA APHIS, Veterinary Services has provided their initial situation report describing the Western States Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy / Equine Herpes Virus Type 1 outbreak. The information reported below was provided to USDA by state veterinarians and is believed to be accurate through the close of business on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. It is important to remember the investigations are evolving and data changes rapidly.
There is much rumor and inaccurate information being distributed through social media networks. The Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian encourages individuals to base their decisions on information received from reliable sources and which has undergone a level of scrutiny. The Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian appreciates the USDA APHIS assisting our industry by compiling and distributing this valuable information.
Continue reading 2011 Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) Western States Outbreak – Kentucky Perspective May 20, 2011 Update →