EDCC Update on EHV-1 Outbreak in California

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.

Febrile Horse Causes New Barn Quarantine

No horses at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center (LAEC), displayed fevers or compatible clinical signs on November 11, 2016, and November 12, 2016. The two febrile horses added to isolation quarantine on November 10, 2016, tested negative on nasal swab and blood for equine herpesvirus type 1. Samples will be collected from both horses in 72 hours to confirm negative status. One of these two febrile horses was from an LAEC barn that was not under quarantine. Out of an abundance of caution, the quarantine was expanded to include barn of origin for the febrile horse. Enhanced biosecurity measures are in place in all barns under quarantine and all horses’ temperatures are monitored twice daily.

Eleven horses currently reside in quarantined isolation – five of these horses have been confirmed with neurologic symptoms (EHM cases). All confirmed positive horses remain in quarantined isolation and continue to stabilize and show improvement. The LAEC horses that attended the horse show in Las Vegas most likely contracted EHV-1 on their return to the LAEC, following a short incubation period.

CDFA veterinarians, livestock inspectors and USDA animal health technicians continue to monitor the quarantine and incident situation on-site and will provide additional updates as they become available.

About EDCC

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.

The EDCC is made possible by generous donations from organizations and horse owners. Please visit our sponsors that have generously supported this program for the benefit of the health and welfare of horses. To learn how you can help go to SUPPORT.

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