EDCC Reports EIA in Oklahoma and No Quarantine in Washington
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.
No Washington State Quarantine After Neurologic EHV-1 Case
As of Sept. 1, the Washington Department of Agriculture stated that there was no official quarantine in place after the EHV-1 case was reported on Aug. 19 and the affected horse was euthanized. The premises where the affected horse was located is maintaining a self-imposed quarantine. Currently the Washington Department of Agriculture is not recommending the cancellation of local events or limiting travel.
First 2016 EIA Positive in Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture has confirmed the first EIA-positive horse for 2016 in Oklahoma. The 14-year-old Quarter Horse mare was located in Atoka County.
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