The spread of EHV-1 int throughout California, as well as into Santa Clara County is of great concern for us all. Below is information from the California Department of Food & Agriculture Website regarding the virus and its spread. Our organization will continue to monitor the situation and all horse events will be evaluated with concern for horse health and safety as a priority based on the recommendation by the CDFA.
“Equine Herpes Virus–1 (EHV–1) infection in horses can cause respiratory disease, abortion in mares, neonatal foal death, and neurological disease. The virus is not transmissible to humans. The neurological form of the disease is known as Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM). Damage to the blood vessels in the brain and spinal cord associated with EHV–1 infection causes neurological signs to appear. EHM is most often due to the neuropathologic strain of EHV–1, but may occasionally be caused by the non-neurologic strains of the virus.
For more information see our Equine Herpes Virus webpage.”