Equine Herpes Virus quarantines lifted in Orange and Riverside counties

http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/equine_herpes_virus.html

February 14, 2012: Riverside AND Orange County Facilities released from Quarantine.

There are no facilities in California under quarantine for EHV-1.

Recommendations for Participants at Horse Events

CDFA Animal Health Officials continually monitor the Equine Herpes Virus-1 situation. Currently, CDFA is not aware of any EHV-1 cases.  Based on the current status of the EHV-1 situation, CDFA has not made any recommendations for the cancellation of any equine events.  Horse owners traveling to an equine event are reminded that there is always risk when horses of unknown health status are commingled at one location for a show or competition.  CDFA strongly recommends horse owners practice proper biosecurity when traveling to or stalled at an equine event.  Consistent basic biosecurity practices play an important role in reducing risk of exposure to all contagious equine diseases when attending an event.  The following basic biosecurity measures should be followed at horse events to decrease potential disease spread:

·        Limit horse-to-horse contact.

·        Limit horse-to-human- to- horse contact.

·        Avoid use of communal water sources

·        Avoid sharing of equipment unless thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between uses.

·        Monitor your horse for clinical signs of disease and report any temperature over 102F to a veterinarian.

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