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LCCC takes precautions against Equine Herpes Virus

Friday, May 20, 2011
Horses may not be brought to or taken from LCCC for two weeks, and all equine classes have been postponed.

The recent outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus One in several Western states has necessitated a number of precautions to avoid spreading the disease and endangering more horses. Laramie County Community College is prohibiting any horses coming onto campus or leaving campus for two weeks.

“No horses coming in or going out for two weeks, starting today,” says Ag/Equine Facilities Manager Travis Shoopman. “We only had one horse class going on during that time, and it’s been postponed.”

That class, Green Horse/Green Rider I (EQST 1605), has been rescheduled to begin Monday, June 6.

State Veterinarian Jim Logan has issued a statement encouraging horse owners to restrict movement of their horses. Logan says EVH-1 can be transferred from nose-to-nose contact or by contaminated tack, equipment, grooming tools and people’s clothing. In addition, the virus can be spread through the air for a limited distance.

He also urges owners to monitor their animals for signs of illness. The disease spreads quickly, so any horse with a fever, decreased coordination, nasal discharge, urine dribbling, loss of tail tone, hind limb weakness, leaning against a wall or fence to maintain balance, lethargy or the inability to rise should be isolated from other animals and remain isolated until a veterinarian can diagnose the problem. There is no cure for EVH-1, but the symptoms of the disease may be treatable.