The recent cases of EHV-1 in Florida and Quebec are a reminder of the value of instituting managment practices to help reduce the risk of infectious disease transmission. Though no cases have been reported in Ontario this year, taking a proactive approach in protecting our horse’s health is worthwhile.
Last fall I wrote this article for Trot magazine based on Equine Guelph’s series of “Beat the Bugs” workshops. As Dr. Scott Weese points out, although infectious diseases are not something we can eradicate, there are simple measures we can take that can have a big impact.
You can read that article here: Biosecurity on your horse farm.
For more information on EHV-1, the AAEP has a good write-up on their website that covers the different forms (respiratory, neurologic), transmission and vaccination.
To follow reported cases by location (US and Canada only), TheHorse.com has an excellent resource, the 2013 EHV-1 Tracker Map.