West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne viral infection that affects horses and humans. It is transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitos. Mosquitos lay their eggs in standing water, which develops into thousands of mosquitos in 7-10 days. Take the following steps to minimize the risk of disease in your horses: Vaccinate Several licensed products are available. Contact your veterinarian to ensure the vaccination status of your horse is current.
Horses from across the West were exposed to a deadly new form of Equine Herpes Virus at a Utah horse show. Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), which is caused by Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). The disease, which results in neuorological symptoms, is highly contagious and often fatal.
Equine herpes virus (EHV-1) is a highly contagious disease that is spread through nasal secretions by nose-to-nose contact when horses nuzzle each other, according to Colorado State University's college of veterinary medicine. It is potentially fatal to horses. Horses cannot infect humans, but people can transmit the virus between animals through contaminated tack and clothing. Symptoms of the virus include hind-leg weakness, decreased coordination, nasal discharge and fever. .