Horses exposed to the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) based on attending an event held in Utah will now be monitored through a national case reporting system. In addition, a guidance document was sent to State Animal Health Officials and Area Veterinarians in Charge (AVIC) in each state on Tuesday, May 17, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Service (VS).
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The Ohio Department of Agriculture confirmed cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in two horses that died on a farm in Mercer County. This is the first incident of EEE in Ohio since an outbreak in 1991 in Wayne and Holmes counties. At this time, there are no known human illnesses associated with this confirmation.
COLUMBUS, OHIO — AUG. 2, 2010 — You and your family have just returned from the Ohio State Fair, and the kids are begging for a horse, just like the ones they saw in the junior horse competitions. Suddenly, they have an intense desire to learn how to ride. Sound familiar?
Every child dreams about being given a horse, but the decision to bring one home is much more complicated than simply indulging these wishes. Owning a horse involves extensive research beforehand, lots of planning, providing veterinary care and a commitment from the entire family.