Equine Neurologic Herpesvirus Confirmed in Duval County, Florida

There is one confirmed case of neurologic equine herpesvirus on a premises in Duval County, Florida, where another horse tested positive for EHV-1.

There is one confirmed case of neurologic equine herpesvirus on a premises in Duval County, Florida, where another horse tested positive for EHV-1. iStock/HagenCD

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed one case of equine herpesvirus at a boarding facility in Duval County. Another horse on the premises is positive for EHV-1 but had no neurologic signs at the time of this report.

A single horse with neurological signs was reported by a private veterinary practitioner in Duval County on March 28, 2021. Test results completed March 30 were positive for equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1). The horse is currently being treated at a separate isolation facility. 

A second febrile horse on the premises has tested positive for EHV-1, but currently has no neurologic signs. 

The Division of Animal Industry has placed a quarantine on the premises and an investigation is ongoing. There is no known epidemiological link between the horses on the Duval County premises and the positive EHV-1 cases reported in early March in Marion County. 

Visit www.FDACS.gov/ai for additional information.

Information for this report was provided by the Equine Disease communication Center.

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