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N.C. horses diagnosed with neurological virus

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Four horses in Raleigh were euthanized after being diagnosed with the contagious disease Equine Herpesvirus-1.

The horses were all reportedly boarded at the same facility, which will be closed to the public for two weeks.

Equine Herpesvirus-1 is often fatal since there is no cure. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Equine herpesvirus (EHV)–1 causes abortion, respiratory disease, and, occasionally, neurologic disorders in horses.”

The National Veterinary Services Lab reports that the euthanized horses had the neurological type of (EHV)-1.

Symptoms of the virus include fever, lack of coordination and loss of balance. The facility will remain under quarantine until 28 days after the last recorded fever, since it can take a while for horses to display symptoms.

The CDC states that the (EHV)-1 infection is usually limited to equine species.

Along with horse-to-horse contact, humans can also transmit the virus to horses through contact. It can also be spread through riding equipment and food and water buckets.

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