Galveston County horses test positive for herpes

horses and riders athering for rod

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.

horses and riders athering for rod

Picture of horses and riders gathering for a rodeo. Horses being close to each other can spread viruses like EHV1.

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.”

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
11 Comments
  • Arlene Aquino

    On a personal level, I would not take my horse anywhere near the rodeo or the trailride.

    February 11, 2015
  • Daniel Cordero

    Definitely they should be cancelled. Better safe than sorry.

    February 11, 2015
  • We shut down cruise ships, airlines, close schools, cancel public events, even have put entire medical facilities on quarantine mode when humans are at risk for certain diseases to help prevent further loss of life and epidemic outbreaks.

    Horses deserve the same level of protection as people, especially because they are completely dependent upon us for protection. If there is the risk of infection the media has us believing, then do right by the horses and cancel the event to help prevent widespread transmission.

    If we were talking about the potential of humans being infected by horses with this deadly equine virus, we would not even be having this conversation.

    I know it sucks — really sucks — to miss an event, but why risk it? It sucks a heck of a lot more to lose your horse.

    February 12, 2015
  • louis bennett

    I would like the names of the 2 barns that are effected.

    February 13, 2015
  • louis bennett

    I would like the names of the 2 barns that are effected?

    February 13, 2015
  • CJ

    Most definitely close and cancel. People take their high dollar horses there and unknowingly expose them to this virus? It kills them, people love their horses like a member of the family in a lot of cases, it would be devastating.

    February 14, 2015
  • arlene

    There should be no question whenever a horses life is in danger you must cancel !!!!

    February 15, 2015