The deadly EHV1 is right in Habitat for Horses’ neighborhood. We are using extreme caution to prevent infection to the horses rehabilitating from abuse and neglect at our ranches. For now, no visitors will be allowed to see the horses. The risk is too dangerous. If you have scheduled to see the horses to adopt one or are a volunteer, please contact our office (see our contact page for hours) for more information. Any support you can give will be greatly appreciated at this time, as operating our ranches will be costly due to the measures we must take to protect the horses’ lives. ~ HfH
From: ABC 13
By: Deborah Wrigley
SANTA FE, TX (KTRK) — Two horses in Galveston County have died from a sometimes lethal strain of the herpes virus. Their deaths have been confirmed by medical testing and reported to the state. Three other deaths may be linked to the virus as well.
All the horses infected appear to have come from two boarding stables in or near Dickinson. Both stables are now under quarantine, which affects about 20 horses kept there, according to the vet, whose clinic stables are also under quarantine.
None of the animals in quarantine have tested positive for the virus, according to Dr Dennis Jenkins, whose clinic stables were ordered quarantined by the Texas Department of Animal Health two days ago. Jenkins suspects as many as 10 more suspected cases in a rare outbreak of the Equine Herpes Virus 1, or EHV1.
Horses, like humans, carry the herpes virus. It’s unknown why the more virulent EHV1 strain develops, but it’s often in young horses, and begins with a respiratory infection. It can progress to the nerve system, and eventually cause swelling of the brain.
The virus is spread through nasal discharge and secretions, from horse to horse. It poses no threat to human, Jenkins says.
Two of his own horses are among those exposed to the virus and in quarantine.
“We’re checking their temperature twice a day. If it gets between 102 degrees and 105, then there is cause for concern,” Jenkins says.
Neither of his horses, or any of those being treated for other ailments have shown signs of infection.