Twelve horses at the 75-acre facility have been in quarantine since Nov. 3 when two horses showed signs of neurological complications and tested positive for the virus, Kent Fowler, the animal health branch chief for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, has said, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Seven cases of equine herpesvirus have since been confirmed at the equestrian center, with the last known infection occurring Nov. 14, according to the agency’s website.
Equine herpesvirus is common in horses. However, the state agency became involved when equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy, a rare neurological form of the disease, was found at the equestrian center, Fowler said.
“Normally, this is just a respiratory disease that creates a fever, and often times, because of the fever, the horse will go off feed for a little bit as well,” he said. “But on occasion, this virus can affect the spinal cord and brain.”
As of Thursday, no additional horses had been diagnosed with the virus and the six that have the neurological disease are showing signs of improvement, Fowler said.
—City News Service
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