New Mexico Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) – 18 Confirmed Cases

Horse with EHV1Update:  New Mexico Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) — 18 Confirmed Cases

By Larry Lewis

January 22, 2016

(Salt Lake City)  Utah horse owners are advised to not accept shipments of equine, nor send their equine, to Dona Ana County, New Mexico without special permission from the Utah State Veterinarian’s Office.

Sampling has confirmed Equine Herpes Virus -1 (EHV-1) in a total of 18 horses at Sunland Park Race Track near Las Cruces, New Mexico.   New Mexico veterinary authorities have quarantined 13 barns at the facility following the initial finding of one horse with neurologic symptoms.  The initial horse was euthanized Jan. 21, 2016.  All positive animals are confined to an isolation barn.

EHV-1 is an equine disease not known to affect humans.

All animals on premise are being carefully monitored and their temperatures are being taken twice per day.  Any additional animals suspected of having the virus are sampled by nasal swab and whole blood.  New Mexico State authorities have quarantined three other local horse training centers in the area. Horses in surrounding areas have tested negative.

All equine owners and veterinarians in Utah should be aware of the current situation and maintain close contact with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food’s Animal Industry Division for current information before moving horses into or out of Dona Ana County, New Mexico.

Horses from Dona Ana County, New Mexico will be restricted from traveling to Utah without special permission from the Utah State Veterinarian’s Office.  A statement on all health certificates reporting the temperature of the animal and no potential exposure to this quarantined facility or other animals that have had exposure to these facilities within the last 10 days will be required for animals leaving Dona Ana County, New Mexico.

Horse owners who have recently had horses at Sunland Park are advised to contact their local veterinarian for medical questions.

Please watch the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food’s Twitter account at @Utagandfood or its Facebook page

(facebook.com/utahagriculture) for the most up-to-date information and guidance.  See more at www.ag.utah.gov/ or contact the Animal Industry Division at (801) 538-7161.

Contact: PIO Larry Lewis (801) 538-7104

State Veterinarian, Dr. Barry Pittman (801) 538-7162