Quarantine Lifted at Equine and Large Animal Hospitals
(Knoxville, TN. September 30, 2011) -- The Equine and Large Animal Hospitals at the UT Veterinary Medical Center are fully open and funcitonal. Click here for details.
It is important to remember that this virus is present in the general horse population. Approximately 60% of horses in the general population may be harboring the virus and up 20% may be actually shedding the virus without any signs of the disease. Why these horses do not have signs of the disease and why other horses are stricken with the disease is unknown. Both stress and degree of exposure to virus (viral load) may play roles in susceptibility. Vaccination for herpes (rhinopneumonitis) may help in reducing the amount of virus in the blood but is not very protective against the neurotropic variant. Horse hygiene may help in minimizing exposure. High risk horses are those that are exposed to large numbers of horses at various events. Having individual horse equipment, not using community water tanks or sharing equipment will help in reducing exposure to the virus. This does not totally eliminate the possibility that a low risk horse could be infected because of the carrier and shedder states that exist in the general population.
Posted: 09-30-11 Viewed: 6624 times
Media RelationsSandra Harbison
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Tennessee
2407 River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996