EDCC Reports for EEE, EHM and Equine Influenza June 17-18

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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.

Equine Herpesvirus, Ruidoso Downs Racetrack, New Mexico

New Mexico on June 18 has a new confirmed EHM case at Ruidoso Downs. The horse became neurological yesterday and was euthanized and the barn where the horse was located is under quarantine for exposure. No other horses are showing any signs, but strict biosecurity is in force. Temperatures will be taken on all horses on the racetrack, but at this stage the racetrack will remain open and running. Movement of horses is being permitted on and off site. New Mexico Livestock Board.

EEE in South Carolina

By June 18 there were two new cases of EEE confirmed in South Carolina the week of 6/10/16, bringing the total for 2016 to three total cases. Both new cases, like the initial 2016 case, were unvaccinated horses and were either euthanized or died prior to confirmation of EEE. There were no quarantines issued as these individual cases are closed.

Equine Influenza in West Virginia

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture reported one confirmed case of equine influenza in Jackson County on June 15. Horse events in the county have been cancelled and the Department of Agriculture has suggested that horse owners in Jackson County avoid moving their horses for the time being. This is not considered to be an emergency situation; EIV is highly contagious, but not fatal, and it will usually resolve in two to three weeks. For more information visit: http://www.agriculture.wv.gov/news/Pages/Department-of-Agriculture-Warns-Against-Moving-Horses-in-Jackson-County-Area.aspx.

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