The Arizona Department of Agriculture received laboratory confirmation this week of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV -1) infection in an Arizona horse that showed severe neurological disease. The owners of the affected horse, under the direction of a veterinarian, have restricted animal movement to prevent the spread of disease to other horses.
The horse may have been exposed to the neurological form of EHV-1 during the National Cutting Horse Association’s Western National Championships held in Ogden, Utah, earlier this month. Utah, Idaho, Colorado, California and New Mexico animal health officials have reported suspected cases of EHV-1 infection in horses that were at the Ogden event.
Equine Herpes Virus is highly contagious among horses but poses no threat to humans. Caretakers can spread the virus to horses if their hands, clothing, shoes or vehicles are contaminated.
For more information, contact the Arizona Department of Agriculture at (602) 542-4373.