Horse show veterinarian Holly Helbig, DVM, notified World Equestrian Center management that three horses at the Wilmington, Ohio, facility have tested positive for the equine influenza virus on Feb. 12. After a full respiratory panel, all three horses have tested negative for strangles and negative for Equine Herpesvirus.
When the horses in question demonstrated equine influenza symptoms, they were immediately separated and have been in isolation since Feb. 10 at the World Equestrian Center Veterinary Clinic where they are currently under the supervision of Helbig.
The WEC management will continue to observe all recommended biosecurity measures and be vigilant in its effort to avoid the spread of the virus by continuing to disinfect and sterilize stabling, wash racks, walkways and common areas on the horse show grounds.
Helbig will be continuing to test any horse that demonstrates symptoms and horse show management will remain proactive in communicating with exhibitors. If you have questions or concerns, please contact horse show manager Brandon Saxton at (216) 554-2049 or horse show veterinarian Holly Helbig at (330) 807-2643