After more than a month of worry, the outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus that started at the Marin duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va. seems to be over.
On March 29, State Veterinarian Richard Wilkes released the final Virginia premises from quarantine due to EHV-1.
The EMC will resume full operations on Monday, April 2. “The center’s facilities have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients, and we are ready to once again provide the highest quality of care and service to the equine community,” said the director of the EMC, Dr. Nat White, in a press release.
An opening day informational meeting featuring presentations by EMC veterinarians will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30, in the hospital’s library. Clients and referring veterinarians who are interested in learning more about EHV-1 prevention and general biosecurity are encouraged to attend.
Two horses at private facilities in Northern Virginia that were exposed to EHV-1 at the EMC tested positive for the disease after developing fevers or neurological symptoms.
Two horses died during the outbreak that tested positive for the disease, but neither death was directly related to EHV-1.