I had never heard of Horse Herpes until this morning, but it sounds serious.
It's actually called Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) and the Idaho State Department of Agriculture is investigating a suspected outbreak of it.
Here's what a (ISDA) press release says: "Horses may have been exposed to the severe neurological form of EHV-1 at the NCHA Western National Championships in Ogden, Utah held April 30 - May 8. Confirmed and suspected cases of the disease have also been reported in Utah, Colorado and several other states."
Two Idaho horses which traveled to the event have died and several others are currently under the care of veterinarians.
State veterinarian, Dr. Bill Barton, is recommending horse owners incorporate strict movement controls or containment methods to prevent the spread of the disease.
According to Barton, “If you participated in this event, or have contact with horses that traveled to this event, you should notify your veterinarian and isolate and monitor these horses for a minimum of 21 days for clinical signs of the disease.”
Barton says Equine Herpes Virus is highly contagious among horses.
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