Horse owners advised to take steps against EHV-1 disease

Farm Forum

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Board of Animal Health is reminding horse owners to protect their animals from equine herpesvirus.

The disease is better known as EHV-1. State Veterinarian Susan Keller says cases have been identified in several states in recent months.

With summer coming, many horse owners will be moving animals to events around the region. Keller says care should be taken to minimize the chances of a horse getting the disease.

EHV-1 can be spread through the air, contaminated equipment, clothing and hands. Keller says protective measures include avoiding sharing food and water containers and preventing nose-to-nose horse contact. Vaccines are available for some forms of the disease.

Out-of-state horses entering North Dakota for any length of time must be accompanied by a health certificate.

EHV-1 poses no threat to people.