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Virginia horse diagnosed with EHM virus

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Posted at 12:16 PM, Feb 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-06 12:21:38-05

A Virginia horse has been diagnosed with EHM virus, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, VDACS was notified of a positive result for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) on a horse displaying neurologic signs in western Albemarle County, Northwest of Charlottesville.

The affected horse is located at a boarding stable with 14 other horses at the facility, officials say.

VDACS contacted the stable manager and placed the facility under quarantine – no horses are allowed to exit or enter the premises until the quarantine is released.

The affected horse is a 14-year-old gelding that showed symptoms on Saturday, January 31, became recumbent on Sunday, February 1, but is now stable. Samples were taken by a private veterinarian and the result was reported to VDACS February
5.

An epidemiologic investigation is underway; initial findings indicate that only one exposed horse from the facility has left the premises within the last 14 days, and that horse went out of state, officials say. VDACS will continue to monitor the situation and provide regular updates, HERE.

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