EDCC Reports One Neurologic Horse Dead of EHM at Fair Grounds Racetrack

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

EHM at Fair Grounds Racetrack

A diagnosis of equine herpesrvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in one horse at the Fair Grounds racetrack in New Orleans, Louisiana has been confirmed by the attending veterinarian. The horse had a fever last week, became neurologic on December 25, 2016, and was euthanized. Laboratory test results on December 26 from the LSU diagnostic laboratory were positive for EHV-1, which can cause neurologic disease. The barn where the horse was stabled has been quarantined. Equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy is a reportable disease in Louisiana and is monitored by the state veterinarian’s office. More details and official information from the state veterinarian’s office will be provided as they become available. For more information on EHM go to http://equinediseasecc.org/diseases.aspx.

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