The attached News Release came out just Friday May 13/11
Horse owners need to be aware of one confirmed case of equine herpes in Alberta with several sick horses waiting to get blood work back. Equine herpes is HIGHLY contagious!
Sometimes the blood work shows negative which happens once the temperature drops and sometimes is mis-diagnosed for wobbles; the horse is put down without any further testing. A more sure way to detect the equine herpes virus is by nasal swab. The cases in Alberta, Ogden, BC, Colorado and California showed the neurological symptoms (some of which have been put down) which are obvious the horse is sick or not right. As I understand it; The way it is transmitted is by a carrier that has a temperature and nasal discharge which is so very easy to overlook and horse owners bring the horse to an event which is how the virus spreads. Some horses have only the nasal and get over it and are fine, some have only the neurological which has to be treated immediately and some have both nasal and neurological which I understand is the worst case.
I have attached the news release from Colorado, as several Canadian Horses were at the show in Ogden that is referred to in the news release. The barn in Colorado is in complete quarantine and have put a horse or two down so far that were in Ogden. There is one confirmed case in Alberta and several are waiting to get lab results on blood and nasal swabs. Early diagnosis and aggressive treatment can save the horse and they can go back to their performance discipline. There are several websites that are very informative on the subject, hopefully people will take the time to become educated on the equine herpes virus and prevent an epidemic. This weekend the Cutting Show at Claresholm was stopped after Fridays show because of the attached news release dated Friday; Too risky!
The bottom line; we haul at our own risk and face risk of our horses becoming infected when anyone hauls their horses into our yard. There is never any intent to hurt or harm, so blame is not a healthy relationship builder.