Neurologic Herpesvirus in Virginia

An aged Thoroughbred gelding in Powhatan County, Virginia, has been euthanized due to neurologic herpesvirus.

iStock/Frank Ramspott

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported that a 26-year-old Thoroughbred gelding was confirmed positive for neurologic herpesvirus in Amelia County, Virginia. A total of 41 other horses on the premises were exposed.

The gelding had onset of clinical signs on March 15 that included hind limb ataxia and urine dribbling. He was confirmed with neurologic herpesvirus (equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy or EHM) on March 17. The vaccinated gelding was alive at the time of this report.

There is an official quarantine on the premises.

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

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