Piedmont Equine News

News Article

March 2, 2018


OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS, Contact: Elaine Lidholm804.786.7686, www.vdacs.virginia.gov

For Immediate Release

March 1, 2018

No Additional Exposed Virginia Horses in Confirmed Equine Herpesvirus-1 Cases


~No Virginia horses have had any contact with either property, including trail riders~

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has completed its epidemiological investigation after a diagnosis of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in two horses in central Virginia. As reported on February 28, 2018, the State Veterinarian’s Office at VDACS confirmed that two horses exhibiting neurological signs were euthanized and tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), the virus that causes EHM.

There is no link between the two horses and the timing of the EHM finding is coincidental. One horse was housed at the Hazelwild Equestrian Center in Fredericksburg and the second was located on a private farm in Powhatan County. Both facilities have been placed under quarantine. All exposed horses are being monitored twice daily for fever (temperature over 101.50 F) and other clinical signs.

No additional Virginia horses have been exposed. Several horses from Maryland visited the Hazelwild Equestrian Center last weekend for an Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) show; the farms in Maryland associated with these horses have been quarantined and all horses will be monitored. The immediate neighbor of the Powhatan County farm is voluntarily quarantining their horses due to casual contact. No Virginia horses have had any contact with either property, including trail riders.

There is no cause for alarm concerning the general horse population in Virginia. EHV-1 is a virus that is present in the environment and found in most horses all over the world. Horses typically are exposed to the virus at a young age with no serious side effects. A large percent of horses carry the virus with no clinical signs for the remainder of their lives. Rarely, exposed horses develop the neurologic form of the disease. Horse owners with concerns should contact their veterinarian.

The Equine Disease Communications Center Biosecurity web pages equinediseasecc.org/biosecurity have more information on best practices for disease prevention in horses and VDACS has more information on EHV-1 at vdacs.virginia.gov/animals-equine-herpes-virus.shtml. Horse owners also may contact VDACS’ Office of Veterinary Services at804.786.2483.



Elaine J. Lidholm

Director of Communications

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

102 Governor Street

Richmond VA 23219



Click below to see the facts about Potomac Fever in a nutshell- it is NOT considered to be contagious horse to horse. We have treated several cases recently so please make sure your horses are up to date on their vaccines, and don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions- 540-364-4950

AAEP Potomac Fever Info


Dear Clients,

  With increased reports of positive Potomac Horse Fever cases in and around our area we are recommending everyone to start their fall vaccines earlier this year with a strong suggestion to boost Potomac Horse Fever, West Nile and Flu/Rhino. Now is the time to get started and to make sure your horse is as protected as possible!

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