3/27/2014 3:08:00 PM Three horses victims of EHV-1; state board asks for contact to be curtailed
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says four horses affected by EHV-1 have been identified in the east metro and west Wisconsin area. Two horses testing positive for equine herpesvirus-1 were on a single farm in Chisago County. One horse was euthanized and one has made a full recovery, stated the Board in a news release this week. A horse in Dakota County was infected and euthanized. The other new case is in Hennepin County and this horse has been recovering.
Burnett and Polk counties in Wisconsin are also dealing with EHV-1. The news release said one animal in Burnett County was put to sleep. The Polk County horse is recovering. The strain that is the topic of the news release is a reportable disease in Minnesota and veterinarian test results that are confirmed to be the neuropathic strain of EHV-1 must be forwarded to the MN Board of Animal Health. The Board advises that any travel of horses with a fever or respiratory symptoms be kept to a minimum, and horse owners ought to not be showing or bringing horses on trails, at least for a few weeks.