Equine Herpes Virus (EHV)
This is a highly infectious virus that requires immediate treatment and management. EHV 1 is also known as Rhinopneumonitis.
Although there are in fact 5 strains of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) it is the strains 1 and 4 which cause the most problems.
- Respiratory disorders
- Nasal Discharge.
- Loss of appetite.
- Limb weakness and loss of coordination.
- EHV1 in particular can also cause
- Neurological symptoms
- And unfortunately death to very young foals.
What to do if you suspect EHV
- Consult with your vet immediately so that swabs of any nasal discharge and blood tests can be performed.
- Isolate the infected horse to help minimize the spread of the virus.
- Try to limit one person only to treating and caring for the infected horse
- Keep a careful eye on all other horses on or around the yard for the spread of infection.
- Keep the infected horse in a quite area and maintain good stable management practices.
- Your vet will advise a course of treatment.
There is a vaccine available which helps to limit but not prevent the affects of the virus.