UPDATE FROM THE STATE VETERINARIAN - Jan. 25, 2014:
The quarantine of a boarding facility in central North Carolina was released on Jan. 24, 2014. The quarantine had been in place since Dec. 23, 2013. As required, the stable completed 28 consecutive days with no clinical signs or fevers. Temperatures were checked daily by the stable manager and monitored by an NCDA&CS field veterinarian.
UPDATE FROM THE STATE VETERINARIAN - Dec. 30, 2013:
Horses at a boarding facility in central North Carolina have been confirmed to have the neurologic form of EHV-1. This facility has had little movement of horses on or off the farm. Our veterinarians are working closely with the practicing veterinarian and the farm owner. The premises has been quarantined and strict biosecurity measures have been in place since Dec. 23. All animals are having temperatures monitored twice a day, and no horses have had fevers or other clinical signs since Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, the first day there were confirmed lab results from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory. The quarantine will be held for 28 days after the last fever is recorded.
Additional investigation found that five horses were moved from the stable in the last four weeks and have been tracked to four locations in North Carolina where their health status is being monitored. All known exposed horses have been accounted for, are not showing clinical signs and have not been moved. No additional horses have been moved from any of the known sites.
At this point, we believe this is an isolated incident with low-risk to other horses. However, we do encourage horse owners to practice good biosecurity measures as a precaution. EHV-1 is not a reportable disease to the Office of the State Veterinarian under state law, however the office appreciates being made aware of suspicious cases and will offer help in controlling the disease. The last known case in North Carolina was in January 2012.
EHV-1 Overview (University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine)
Frequently Asked Questions about EHV/EHM for Horse Owners - PDF (American Assoociation of Equine Practicioners)
EHV/EHM Brochure for Horse Owners - PDF (USDA-APHIS)
AAEP EHV Biosecurity Guidelines
|Past News Releases:||Quarantine lifted from Rockingham County horse stable (2-9-12)|
|Virus affecting horses found at N.C. stable (1-5-12)|
Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis
EEE Disease Alert Page and Links
How North Carolina is working to prevent Mad Cow Disease
Other BSE information sources:
USDA BSE Response Information
APHIS BSE General Information
Centers for Disease Control (CDC's) BSE website including the disease in humans, called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD).
NCDA&CS Safety and Health website
CDC site for bioterrorism and emergency preparedness
Livestock Event Animal Health Safety Guidelines
Farm Biosecurity Guidelines
Foreign Animal Disease Investigation Protocol