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Clinical work from NCHA Western National Championships in Ogden, UT

In response to press releases and statements given at the onset of the current EHV-1 outbreak, CSR Equine Sports Medicine Center reports that no horses were presented for evaluation with clinical symptoms of infectious disease.

Initial reports of the EHV-1 outbreak centered on the NCHA Western National Championships in Ogden, UT, have suggested that horses at this event exhibited signs of infectious disease.

Upon review of cases examined by Dr. Ellis Farstvedt, DVM, there was no indication of infectious disease in the horses that were presented for evaluation this year.

According to Dr. Farstvedt “…we’ve seen febrile and sick horses in past years, but not this year.” When presented with a febrile horse at an event, all measures are taken to obtain a definitive diagnosis; initiate treatment as quickly as possible; notify the owners of the potential for a contagious disease and consult on the proper precautions to take.

According to Dr. Farstvedt it is relatively common to see a small number of horses present with a fever at an event of this size and duration, “…speculatively similar to the incidence in the humans that come along, too.”

Dr. Farstvedt only attended to the horses involved in the NCHA event, therefore he is unfamiliar with the health status of other horses present at the Golden Spike during the same time such as the jumping horses, race horses and one humane society horse.

The exact source of the EHV-1 outbreak is still unknown.

In response to press releases and statements given at the onset of the current EHV-1 outbreak, CSR Equine Sports Medicine Center reports that no horses were presented for evaluation with clinical symptoms of infectious disease.

Initial reports of the EHV-1 outbreak centered on the NCHA Western National Championships in Ogden, UT, have suggested that horses at this event exhibited signs of infectious disease.

Upon review of cases examined by Dr. Ellis Farstvedt, DVM, there was no indication of infectious disease in the horses that were presented for evaluation this year.

According to Dr. Farstvedt “…we’ve seen febrile and sick horses in past years, but not this year.” When presented with a febrile horse at an event, all measures are taken to obtain a definitive diagnosis; initiate treatment as quickly as possible; notify the owners of the potential for a contagious disease and consult on the proper precautions to take.

According to Dr. Farstvedt it is relatively common to see a small number of horses present with a fever at an event of this size and duration, “…speculatively similar to the incidence in the humans that come along, too.”

Dr. Farstvedt only attended to the horses involved in the NCHA event, therefore he is unfamiliar with the health status of other horses present at the Golden Spike during the same time such as the jumping horses, race horses and one humane society horse.

The exact source of the EHV-1 outbreak is still unknown.


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