Dear fellow Arizona Cutting Horse Association members and participants,
At our event in Queen Creek February 21-25, your horse may have been exposed to a horse that developed Equine Myeloencephalopathy from and Equine Herpes infection. It is recommended that you do the following with all your horses that were at the event as well as any horses they have had contact with at home for the next 14 days. Contact your veterinarian if any symptoms are present.
The horse is currently being treated and in quarantine at an AZ vet facility. I have spoken with the state equine vet Dr. Pete Mundschenk who believes the infected horse came in contact with the virus at a show 10-12 days earlier in another state. Dr. Pete also sent me an email explaining what to be aware of when observing your own horses. There was a recent case at Turf Paradise as well. He has been in contact with the state vets in Nevada and California. As you know, the AQHA Sun Circuit has started with no interference from the state vets.
It is our policy to be diligent with the prevention of any equine related illness as well as forthright with any information for our members. I’ve spoken with Tim Lynch from HPEC as well and he has informed me of his ‘aftershow’ cleaning policies of which he takes very seriously.
With kind regards,
Monitor all horses that were at the event.
Obtain and record the body temperatures of all horses on the premises twice daily. Ideally obtain horse’s body temperature first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening and before administering medications which may decrease the body temperature.
Report a fever (any temperature of 101.5°F or greater) to a veterinarian for follow up collection of nasopharyngeal/nasal swabs and blood to test for EHV-1.
Monitor all horses for clinical signs compatible with EHV-1 infection, which include ocular or nasal discharge, limb edema, abortion and neurologic signs such as unsteady gait, weakness, urine dribbling, lack of tail tone and recumbency. Report the observation of any of these signs to the veterinarian designated for follow up collection of nasopharyngeal/nasal swabs and blood sampling to test for EHV-1.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO SCOTT RAFTERY - 2017 ZANE SCHULTE AWARD RECIPIENT
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