The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) offers alerts about equine diseases that have been confirmed by reliable sources. The following information is from the EDCC.
On May 24, 2016, late in the evening, a mare at a breeding farm in Cooke County, Texas, was reported to be infected with EHM (equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy or neurological equine herpesvirus) on PCR from a blood sample. The horse began showing acute neurological signs before the test was performed. A quarantine was issued and no movement has taken place in or out of the barn. A second horse was tested positive on nasal swab on May 25 after showing slight neurological deficits. The affected horses have been isolated and strict biosecurity measures are in place. Temperatures are being monitored and no other fevers or clinical signs have been noted in the barn of 40 horses.
The Equine Disease Communication Center works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious diseases in North America. The communication system is designed to seek and report real time information about disease outbreaks similar to how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerts the human population about diseases in people.
The goal of the EDCC is to alert the horse industry about disease outbreak information to help mitigate and prevent the spread of disease. Ultimately frequent and accurate information about diseases outbreaks improves horse welfare and helps to prevent negative economic impact that can result from decreased horse use due to a fear of spreading infection. As part of the National Equine Health Plan the EDCC will serve as part of the communication to help educate and promote research about endemic and foreign disease.
Working in cooperation with state animal health officials and the United State Department of Agriculture, the EDCC seeks information about current disease outbreaks from news media, social media, official state reports and veterinary practitioners. Once information is confirmed, it is immediately posted on this website and messages sent to all states and horse organizations by email. Daily updates are posted until each outbreak is contained or deemed no longer a threat.
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