June 15, 2011 11:48
Question: Hi, I am wondering if it is safe to take my horses to local fairs and rodeos this summer? How long is the virus able to live on surfaces and equipment? If the risk is quite high I would rather not travel with them this summer. Thank you.
Answer: Good questions. Possible EHV neurological exposure needs to be approached from a practical standpoint. As of today we know there are no new neurological cases in Saskatchewan, all cases were quarantined and isolated for 28 days.
There is always a very, very low risk of EHV infection.
Horse owners have to manage that risk by being proactive starting with vaccination, be aware that the virus is most active in the spring, practise good bio security. Bio security includes asking questions of the facility/event managers such as "have you had a positive neurological case on your property, if so when?", tie your horse separate and apart from others (instead of beside or head to head) at the event, don't allow your horse contact other horses at the event (ie: while waiting for your class keep distant from the surrounding horses), do not pet the horses at the event-the virus can be transfered by that action, clean your tack, your clothes etc if a horse blows snot on it.
The virus is soft shelled, will live on surfaces in snot, is easily killed by exposure to the elements, soap and water, bleach and other disinfectants.
June 11, 2011 10:00
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June 6, 2011 08:18
“On May 30, a horse in the Moosomin area tested positive for nEHV-1 virus. This horse attended the Lloydminster cutting horse show on May 14 and 15. It is believed that this case is associated with an outbreak of the same virus in the Western United States. “The neurological form of this virus is very serious in horses, and we are responding accordingly,” Saskatchewan Chief Veterinary Officer Greg Douglas said. “We want to ensure that all horse owners are made aware of the situation and take proper precautions in response to this news.”
Saskatchewan horse owners are encouraged to remain vigilant about protecting their horse's health by maintaining good biosecurity practices. In addition, any horse that has been in contact with high risk horses should be monitored closely for signs of respiratory or neurological disease. Any horse showing signs of neurological or respiratory disease should be examined by a veterinarian.
To avoid spreading nEHV-1, direct and indirect contact with sick and high risk horses should be avoided. Horses that attended the Lloydminster cutting horse show are considered to be at high risk for nEHV-1 infection. All horses present at this show should be isolated for a period of 28 days after the show. Furthermore, all horses that have been in contact with horses present at the Lloydminster show should also be isolated for 28 days. Horses can be infected with nEHV-1 and not show any clinical signs, but still shed the virus and infect other horses.”.....from Sask. Ag.
June 6, 2011 08:03
Q: Okay, first tick on the dog (that I saw), she has sores on the same ear that look suspiciously like the place I removed the tick.
My solution: Soak tick in isopropyl alcohol for several minutes then pull, steadily until the tick came off and threw it in the fire.
Is this recommended removal?
A: Ticks can transmit disease as soon as they bite although Lyme disease is rare, there has been a case in Outlook and an odd one throughout Saskatchewan.
Tick removal can be accomplished by the way you did it ie isopropyl alcohol but sometimes noxious stuff just serves to make them clamp down I like to try to quickly grab them by the base of there neck with a tweezer or finger nails and pull them out with steady pressure. The worst that can happen is the head breaks off then it acts like a splinter and festers out.
June 5, 2011 11:15
· Neurologic EHV-1: The Top Five Things You Need to Know - http://bit.ly/iRrE3p
· Update on EHV-1 Conference Call - May 25, 2011 - http://bit.ly/jPHF63
· Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) - http://1.usa.gov/jxev5j
· Message to Alberta Horse Owners - Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus-1 (nEHV-1) - http://bit.ly/jCFMas
· The American Association of Equine Practitioners - http://bit.ly/j5XShc
· Facts About Equine Herpes Virus - http://bit.ly/khha91
· Equine Health Alert - State of Idaho, Department of Agriculture - http://bit.ly/jsd1gr
· Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) Situation Report (May 19, 2011) - http://bit.ly/jbImfu
· Ontario Veterinary College Blog - http://bit.ly/2nWet
May 28, 2011 11:31
May 27, 2011 The Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Sk. announced that they are not be taking any neurological EHV cases into their facility. Their decision is based on the fact that the facility would have to be quarantined with each case that was admitted, consequently the WCVM would not be able to service other clients. WCVM veterinarians will provide on farm services to neurological EHV horses. The recommended treatment for neurological EHV is supportive. These supportive treatments can be provided on site at the horse's farm/stable.
Dr. Domoslai confirmed that there were 2 neurological cases in Tisdale, Sask. both whom survived and are out of quarantine, one neurological case in Alberta.
May 26, 2011 17:59
Q: We recently purchased a beautiful, healthy palomino gelding that seems to be hyper sensitive to insect bites on his face. they slightly swell, then crust over and he rubs his face raw, on cheeks, around eye he has rubbed all skin off. My other horses have absolutley no problem, all wormed recently. he is only having issue on his face and it looks awful. he is incredibly itchy. any ideas? thanks so much.
A: There are always a number of horses that are hypersensitive to insect bites. You can reduce exposure to bites by all fly control methods available including fly masks, insecticide, smudge, housing etc. There are a number of anti inflammatory gels that are soothing and effective. If these controls do not help, then consult your veterinarian regarding other prescription anti inflammatory products that are available.
May 21, 2011 08:03
Equine herpes virus is prevalent throughout Saskatchewan where it lies latent in the healthy horse until a stressor precipitates it's shedding. The virus is responsible for frequent outbreaks of respiratory disease in horses under 2 years of age, which likely gets confused with influenza outbreaks. It also is responsible for frequent abortion outbreaks and in the last number of years a myeloencephalopathy has occurred in outbreaks throughout North America. These outbreaks lead to death loss and economic/training loss as the disease has necessitated the quarantine of many racetracks/clinics. The following is a summary of guidelines published by a group of veterinary researchers in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (J Vet Intern Med 2009:23:450-461, D.P. Lunn et al).
-horses greater than 3 years old are generally more susceptible to neurological rhino,
-although vaccination has not been proven to be able to prevent myloencephalitis the similarity between immmune response between the respiratory and the neurological form of the desease means vaccination may be useful to prevent equine herpes myloencephalitis,
-spread of EHV-1 can be reduced by maximizing herd immunity through vaccination,
-spread of EHV-1 can be reduced by isolating affected horses or in contact horses for 28 days after the last clinical case on the premise or for 14 days after the last clinical case if negative nasal swabs for all in contact horses are available,
-EHV-1 can be spread via aerosols and fomites and is highly contagious,
-EHV-1 can cause mild to fatal disease in the same outbreak,
-outbreaks are lengthy and can last for over one month,
.....to be continued
May 18, 2011 20:06
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May 6, 2011 21:07
What: All CPVS clients are invited to a Phizer meeting and supper
When: May 10, 2011
Where: Flying Appaloosa
Pfizer presentation: Vaccination and disease prevention protocols.