Should Houston and Galveston area rodeo events be cancelled if EHV1 is still killing horses? Houston, TX is not in Galveston County but is very close by. There is a danger of transmission from other sick horses at public events. Houston’s Livestock Show and Rodeo begins March 2nd… right around the corner. What do you think? ~ HfH
From: The Houston Chronicle
By: Darla Guillen
The trail ride season for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo might be a few horses short this year.
That’s because a rare lethal strain of the equine herpes virus 1 has hit some Galveston-area stables, killing five horses and potentially infecting others. Only one of those deaths has been confirmed by autopsy, while the other four are awaiting confirmation that the disease was the direct cause of death.
The virus is spreading from horse to horse through nasal discharge, causing them damage to the nervous system and swelling of the brain, which ultimately leads to death.
Dr. Dennis Jenkins, a veterinarian at Sante Fe Equine Associates in Galveston County, says that the disease causes no harm to humans.
“As of now, [there are] three confirmed cases of EHV1,” Jenkins tells the Chronicle. “All horses testing positive are from two quarantined barns in Galveston County.”