Reducing the spread of equine infectious disease (Article)

biohazard symbolThe 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. 

About Lindsay Day, REMT

Lindsay Day is a Registered Equine Massage Therapist and award-winning writer based in Ontario, Canada. She is a graduate of the two-year equine massage therapy program at D'Arcy Lane, and brings to her practice over 20 years experience riding and working with horses. With a strong commitment to promoting the health and welfare of horses through her work, Lindsay uses massage to help horses find ease of movement and comfort in their bodies, so they can feel and perform their best.