Neurologic Herpesvirus Horse in Hanover County, Virginia

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported a confirmed case of neurologic equine herpesvirus in a Hanover County horse.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported a confirmed case of neurologic equine herpesvirus in a Hanover County horse. iStock/Frank Ramspott

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported a confirmed case of neurologic equine herpesvirus in a Hanover County horse. There are official quarantines in place.

A cross-bred gelding had onset of clinical signs on January 25 that included dribbling urine, hind limb ataxia and progressed to recumbency. The gelding was confirmed on January 26. The vaccinated gelding was euthanized. A total of 32 horses were exposed to this confirmed neurologic gelding.

One horse from another farm in the same county was exposed. The second farm is currently under quarantine. The horses from the second barn are included in the 32 number of exposed horses. 

For more information about neurologic equine herpesvirus (also known as equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy or EHM), visit this AAEP Fact Sheet.

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

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