The Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian reported Feb. 26 that a warmblood mare tested positive for equine herpes myeloencephalopathy.
The mare was recently imported through the USDA’s New York Animal Import Center and was sent to a private quarantine facility to complete contagious equine metritis quarantine on Feb. 18. The mare first exhibited acute neurologic signs on Feb. 25 and was sent to a local hospital the following morning where she tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1.
The horse had no direct contact to resident horses, and no other horses in the facility are exhibiting clinical signs of EHM.
“The population of horses will continue to be monitored and horses identified or considered to have had indirect exposure will test NEG prior to being released from quarantine,” said a release by the Equine Disease Communication Center. “Transport cohorts have been identified and notices given to appropriate personnel. USDA officials and transport staff have been notified of the diagnosis.”