Horse owners concerned by deadly virus in Wake County

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So far this is North Carolina. But it is important for all horse owners to keep alert about any outbreaks ongoing in the country. ~ HfH

From: ABC Local WTVD
By: Elaina Athans

“It’s devastating to think that you could potentially lose one of your best friends,” said horse owner Kathi Stevens.

RALEIGH (WTVD) — A deadly virus in the equestrian community is causing great anguish for horse owners. So far, four animals have had to be put down after contradicting the disease.

The state says the strain is rare and could be highly contagious among horses. The virus can be transmitted through shared buckets, saddles, grooming utensils, and also on people’s shoes and clothes.

“It’s devastating to think that you could potentially lose one of your best friends,” said horse owner Kathi Stevens.


Stevens is worried about her horse Angel’s health.

“What kind of chance or risk that you’re taking by going anywhere, being around any horses,” she said

Horses have been euthanized after being infected with a strain of EHV-1, which cause neurological damage.

Four horses have been put down and five others tested positive for the virus the confirmed cases happened at a boarding facility. The state says by law it can’t say the exact stable but that is located in northern Wake County.

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