EDCC Reports Additional EHV-1 Affected Horse Associated with LAEC

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. The following reports are in chronological order from most recent to oldest from previous reports.

Additional EHV-1 Affected Horse Associated with LAEC

There was a new febrile horse with mild neurologic deficits at Los Angeles Equestrian Center (LAEC) on November 22 in one of the quarantined barns. Diagnostic samples were sent to CAHFS laboratory for testing and results are positive for non-neuropathogenic EHV-1. The owner of the febrile horse violated quarantine and trailered this horse to an offsite home premises. A quarantine has been issued for the off-site premises and this quarantine violation will be pursued to the full extent of quarantine authority laws. 

There are no other new febrile horses or confirmed clinical EHV-1 horses at the LAEC. 

Quarantined isolation is now home to eight horses and all eight are PCR test negative on nasal swab and blood testing. Enhanced biosecurity measures are in place in all barns under quarantine and all horses’ temperatures continue to be monitored twice daily. CDFA staff continue to provide oversight in working closely with management, trainers and owners at LAEC. The updates on this EHV-1 incident will continue on a 48-hour basis. 

The new febrile case has extended the quarantine release date to December 6, 2016, assuming no new EHV-1 cases and adherence to the terms of the quarantine. For more information go to https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/equine_herpes_virus.html.

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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.

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