A Pennsylvania facility, Mile View Farm in Bucks County, is under quarantine after four horses there were euthanized due to the neurological form of equine herpes virus (EHV-1). The New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced the first three cases and the quarantine Dec. 24. On Dec. 31, veterinary clinic Blauner, Vecchione, Buchholz and Associates announced that a fourth horse was euthanized because of EHV-1, and there are two additional horses with neurologic symptoms at the same farm.
New Jersey Department of Agriculture state veterinarian Manoel Tamassia, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACT, said that one of the original three euthanized horses participated in a New Jersey competition 10 days before becoming symptomatic.
“The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is in contact with the exposed farm and is monitoring for any signs of the disease,” stated Tamassia in the release.
“For a minimum of 21 days no horses will enter or leave the property, and access by owners and personnel is being strictly controlled according to guidelines given to us by the [Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture,” stated Mile View Farm’s Facebook page. “Autopsy has confirmed the cause as the neurological form of equine herpes.
“We thank our boarders and other friends for their patience and support while we work to bring the barn back to good health,” the statement continued.