EDCC Update on Herpesvirus 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.

Equine Herpesviruses LAEC Outbreak Update

As of 7 a.m. on December 29, 2016, all horses in C Barn at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center will be released from quarantine in place since November 3, 2016, for an outbreak of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM). The isolation barns will continue under quarantine as additional EHV-1 testing will occur on the two horses remaining in isolation. Enhanced biosecurity measures continue for quarantined horses and horses’ temperatures continue to be monitored twice daily. The last febrile case occurred on December 12, 2016. For additional information go to https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/equine_herpes_virus.html.

Inyo County, CA, Herpesvirus Update

As of December 28, 2016, there are no new cases in the equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy outbreak in Inyo county, California. The premises continues in quarantine and California Department of Food and Agriculture continues to monitor the situation. All confirmed positive horses continue to show improvement and are recovering. Additional testing of the previously three confirmed cases occurred today and results from CAHFS laboratory will be released Dec. 29. For additional information go to: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/equine_herpes_virus.html.

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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