An editorial in the March issue of Equine Veterinary Journal discusses “Equine herpesvirus-1: Dealing practically but effectively with an ever present threat.” The authors are from the Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance, Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, Suffolk, UK. The editorial is available to be read in its entirety on Wiley.com.
Alpha herpesviruses are ubiquitous pathogens affecting many mammals, including equids (equine herpesvirus [EHV]-1, EHV-3 and EHV-4). Infections with EHV-1 and EHV-4 are among the most common causes of equine respiratory disease worldwide and estimates of prevalence show that most mature horses are infected with EHV-1, EHV-4 or both during their lifetimes.
S. Gonzalez-Medina and J. R. Newton, Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance, Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, Suffolk, UK.