Non-Neurologic Equine Herpesvirus Confirmed in Palm Beach County, Florida

A horse at the Winter Equestrian Festival became febrile, was diagnosed with EHV-1, but has not exhibited neurologic signs.

A horse at the Winter Equestrian Festival became febrile, was diagnosed with EHV-1, but has not exhibited neurologic signs. Google Maps

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has confirmed one case of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1). The horse was at the Winter Equestrian Festival (Tent 17) when it became febrile. The horse, which has no known links to either of the previous Florida EHV-1 cases, is being treated at a hospital facility and had not develop neurologic signs at the time of this report.

The vaccinated horse had onset of fever on April 1 and was confirmed positive for EHV-1 on April 2. 

All exposed horses at the Winter Equestrian Festival (Tent 17) have been quarantined. Increased biosecurity was instituted at Tent 17 immediately after the positive test results were received.

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

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