Respiratory Equine Herpesvirus Cases Confirmed in Tennessee

The Tennessee State Veterinarian confirmed positive cases of respiratory equine herpesvirus in Knox and Shelby Counties, with additional suspect and exposed horses.

The Tennessee State Veterinarian confirmed positive cases of respiratory equine herpesvirus in Knox (at right containing Knoxville) and Shelby Counties (at left containing Memphis), with additional suspect and exposed horses. iStock/Omerskrugosku

The Tennessee State Veterinarian confirmed positive cases of respiratory equine herpesvirus in Knox and Shelby Counties, with additional suspect and exposed horses.

In Knox County, a 14-day quarantine has been placed at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Teaching Hospital for the main equine barn facility and for horses in the isolation unit due to a confirmed case of respiratory equine herpesvirus. Two horses are also suspected of having the virus and nine others are exposed.

The confirmed horse is alive and affected.

The Tennessee State Veterinarian also confirmed a positive respiratory equine herpesvirus case at a boarding facility in Shelby County. Another horse is suspected as having the virus and 100 other horses were exposed.

The confirmed horse was vaccinated and is affected with a fever and alive.

The diagnosis was confirmed as EHV-4 and currently the horse is normal. A second horse on the premises also was determined to have a fever and is also vaccinated. The facility veterinarian is managing the situation at the facility. 

For more information about equine herpesvirus visit this page.

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

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