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  • Hits Thermal EHV-1

    Hello to all.... if your were at the HITS Desert Horse Show in Thermal California during Weeks 4, 5 & 6 you should be aware that my horse contracted EVH-1 (equine herpes virus) while there. We were stabled in the Temporary tent behind barn 2. So if you were there watch your horses and if they get a runny nose and fever call your vet ASAP!! I really am worried about all of the horses and their owners who were there. Please note if you read this blog last night I did rant a bit about my experience. This was not ment for that purpose but to only inform everyone that the virus is out there and we all need to take more precautions and be more aware. Also please note this is the non-neuorpathic form of EHV-1. Please do your homework on difference between the 2 different types.
    Last edited by 7383; Mar. 16, 2012, 06:51 PM. Reason: I needed to rescind my rant as this issue is really about the virus and not the of the staff involved.

  • #2
    Thanks for the info. Would you mind sharing where 'home' is for your horse - region, not specific barn.
    Heads up, Hearts up

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    • #3
      "In California, two premises—one in Orange County and one in Riverside County—were quarantined after resident horses tested positive for EHV-1. Epidemiologic investigations on both outbreaks led the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to conclude the two incidents were unrelated.

      In Orange County 16 horses tested positive for EHV-1, beginning with the index case on Jan. 11. Only one horse (the index case) displayed neurologic signs and has reportedly recovered. One horse was euthanized on Jan. 18 after becoming recumbent; however, a necropsy led veterinarians to believe the recumbency was unrelated to the EHV-1.

      In Riverside County a horse at a large multidiscipline facility tested positive for the neurologic form of EHV-1. The horse exhibited hind limb incoordination and urine dribbling, became recumbent, and was euthanized on Jan. 23.

      On Feb. 14 the CDFA released a statement indicating no additional horses at either premises had displayed signs related to or tested positive for EHV-1, and that both facilities had been released from quarantine. "

      I am curious about the "large multidiscipline facility" in Riverside County and how that might relate to Thermal. . . .if there were horses there who went to the show. It is very disconcerting that both of those cases were euthanized.

      I hope your horse is improving.

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      • #4
        Today's CDFA posting re: EHV-1 in California:

        http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_...pes_virus.html

        Alert
        CURRENT EHV-1 SITUATION:

        San Diego County

        March 15, 2012: A gelding in San Diego County displaying hind limb ataxia has been confirmed positive for the non-neuropathogenic strain of Equine Herpesvirus -1 (EHV-1). This strain of virus is responsible for the more common respiratory EHV-1 cases. A small percentage of non-neuropathogenic EHV-1 infected horses can display neurologic signs and are classified as equine herpes myeloencephalopathy cases which are a reportable condition in California. The positive horse has been quarantined and is under veterinary care. Initial investigation by CDFA indicates that this horse and the positive Monterey County horse participated in the same large equine event. CDFA is working with event management to contact exposed horse owners and recommend isolation, twice daily temperature monitoring and implementation of proper biosecurity.


        Monterey County

        March 15, 2012: No New Cases.

        March 14, 2012: A gelding displaying hind limb ataxia has been confirmed positive for the non-neuropathogenic strain of Equine Herpesvirus -1 (EHV-1). This strain of virus is responsible for the more common respiratory EHV-1 cases. A small percentage of non-neuropathogenic EHV-1 infected horses can display neurologic signs and are classified as equine herpes myeloencephalopathy cases which is a reportable condition in California. The positive horse has been quarantined and is under veterinary care. CDFA has initiated an investigation and owners of exposed horses are asked to take temperatures twice daily and monitor for clinical signs. CDFA will continue to monitor the situation.

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        • #5
          OP - one more thing.

          Please report your case - and the vet care you encountered at the show (including the fact that the show vet was reluctant to test for EHV-1 and hesitant to address the neurological symptoms) - to the US Dept. of Agriculture and the CA Dept. of Food & Agriculture.

          This is important. You may remember what happened with the US Cutting Show in Utah where a EHV-1 outbreak occurred and 13 horses ultimately died as a result.

          Rapid response - to determine what is the situation and what she occur from here on out - is needed. EHV-1 can be "spread through the air, contaminated equipment, clothing and hands." Even if the affected horses are no longer at Thermal, there is a possibility for further infection.

          USDA - National.Surveillance.Unit@aphis.usda.gov
          (970)-494-7195

          CDFA - 916-900-5000

          The CDFA has on their website:
          "San Diego County

          March 15, 2012: A gelding in San Diego County displaying hind limb ataxia has been confirmed positive for the non-neuropathogenic strain of Equine Herpesvirus -1 (EHV-1). This strain of virus is responsible for the more common respiratory EHV-1 cases. A small percentage of non-neuropathogenic EHV-1 infected horses can display neurologic signs and are classified as equine herpes myeloencephalopathy cases which are a reportable condition in California. The positive horse has been quarantined and is under veterinary care. Initial investigation by CDFA indicates that this horse and the positive Monterey County horse participated in the same large equine event. CDFA is working with event management to contact exposed horse owners and recommend isolation, twice daily temperature monitoring and implementation of proper biosecurity.


          Monterey County

          March 15, 2012: No New Cases.

          March 14, 2012: A gelding displaying hind limb ataxia has been confirmed positive for the non-neuropathogenic strain of Equine Herpesvirus -1 (EHV-1). This strain of virus is responsible for the more common respiratory EHV-1 cases. A small percentage of non-neuropathogenic EHV-1 infected horses can display neurologic signs and are classified as equine herpes myeloencephalopathy cases which is a reportable condition in California. The positive horse has been quarantined and is under veterinary care. CDFA has initiated an investigation and owners of exposed horses are asked to take temperatures twice daily and monitor for clinical signs. CDFA will continue to monitor the situation."

          It appears that at least 2 horses have picked up EHV-1 from Thermal (is your gelding one of these two?) so far.

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          • #6
            Just.Wow. I hope this situation is given some clarity quickly.
            If you love me let me go....

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Winston the Corgi View Post
              I am curious about the "large multidiscipline facility" in Riverside County and how that might relate to Thermal. . . .if there were horses there who went to the show.
              I believe the January/February "Riverside county" incident involved horses at the Empire Polo Club grounds in Indio. Close to the H/J HITS Thermal site, but actually a separate grounds a few miles away.

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              • #8
                Is your horse one of the two reported?

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                • #9
                  Wow, this is so disappointing on part of the Thermal staff and veterinarians. I hope your horse makes a speedy recovery.

                  I have been debating on whether or not I will show my horse this year as much as I would like because of the threat of the virus and owners not completing proper quarentine for their infected horses. What a shame.

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                  • #10
                    Wow. I just texted the trainers who had horses out there. That is scary!
                    2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

                    A helmet saved my life.

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                    • #11
                      Thank you, OP. I hope your horse recovers and that there are no other cases.
                      If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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                        #12
                        Thank you to all for reading my post, please share with as many people as possible to get the word out. Yes my horse has been tested and reported and is in quartine and under veterinary care. He is doing much better and we hope for a full recovery. We also have reported to all the USDA and CA Dept. of Food & Agriculture. I am very upset about all of this and the way things were handled but please rest assured forum readers I am also very worried about all the horses who were at HITS Thermal. I am doing the right thing swiftly and correctly to protect all other horses out there. Also I am looking into reporting the Horse Show facility. It is time to stand up for the rights of the owners and their horses.

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                        • #13
                          OP - Sorry to hear about your horse and hope that he recovers and no one else in the barn gets it.

                          One quick question - Did your horse test positive for the neuro strain of EHV or for regular EHV-1? Based on the above posts it appears that the two horses, one in SD and one in Monterey, that were at the same large show (Thermal?) tested positive for regular EHV-1 but had neuro symptoms.
                          The Evil Chem Prof

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                            #14
                            Hi Peggy

                            Yes my horse tested positive for the following:

                            non-neuropathogenic strain of Equine Herpesvirus -1 (EHV-1)

                            But please be advised he does have neuro symptoms in the hind end.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for speaking out about this. I hope your horse recovers quickly.

                              You are right to be furious--everyone who was out there should be!
                              2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

                              A helmet saved my life.

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                              • #16
                                I hope your horse recovers fully and quickly. How totally scarey. I would be royally pissed off too.

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                                • #17
                                  Whaaat? Holy crap I had two horses there weeks 5 and 6. Why has this not been officially reported? There were close to 3,000 horses there week 5! I will have my horses tested ASAP. This is extreme irresponsibility on behalf of the show management, USDA and state of California. Every horse owner in attendance should have been contacted, not reading about this on COTH!
                                  ******
                                  "A good horse and a good rider are only so in mutual trust."
                                  -H.M.E.

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                                  • Original Poster

                                    #18
                                    Please note that it was reported with the USDA and Starte of Ca but I do not think those agencies said this horse came from the HITS Thermal show park. That is why I posted this.

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                                    • #19
                                      My trainer just got home with a trailer full of horses who were at weeks 4,5 and 6 of Thermal. Should I be worried?

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                                      • #20
                                        Again, thank you very much for posting. CDFA is reporting two horses, one in SD and the other in Monterey county, that were at the same large event. They don't specify Thermal, but it's a reasonable guess. Is your horse in either of those counties?
                                        The Evil Chem Prof

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