LAS VEGAS – Horses at the Nevada State High School Rodeo in Pahrump may have been exposed to an upper respiratory and neurological disease, the Nevada Department of Agriculture announced Friday. JJ Goicoechea ordered a quarantine after one positive case of equine herpes virus type 1 with neurologic signs was reported. The name of the facility was not released, however, because there is no public health risk.
"I have issued this quarantine to help prevent spread of disease during the equine event season in Nevada and surrounding states," Goicoechea said. Equine Herpes Virus-1
Horses at the Nevada State Junior / High School Rodeo that took place Feb. 22-24 in Pahrump may have been exposed and should be monitored for signs of disease, such as fever, cough or runny nose.
The average incubation period for EHV-1 is four to seven days, but some may take up to 14 days. EHV-1 is a reportable disease, meaning when veterinarians are diagnosed with it, they are required to notify the Nevada Department of Agriculture. A list of reportable diseases can be found at agri.nv.gov.
"I urge all owners to monitor their horses closely, taking temperatures twice a day and seeking veterinary care for any one of 102 degrees," Goicoechea said. It is especially important to practice biosecurity to minimize the risk of spreading disease. ”
Biosecurity means doing everything possible to reduce chances of infectious disease being transferred by people, animals, equipment or vehicles. EHV-1 and other diseases can be easily transferred on boots, coats, gloves and equipment.
Some basic practices include:
1. Never share equipment between horses and always wear clothes when going from ill horses to others.
2. Always start chores at healthy horses, and end with sick or recovering (within 30 days) horses.
3. Avoid common areas such as hitching rails, wash racks, etc. during an outbreak.