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Due to an increased number of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) cases across the nation, State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes reminds horse owners to remain vigilant.
“No horses in Nebraska have been diagnosed with the disease at this time. I want to encourage horse owners to take precautions to help prevent this disease from affecting our horse population,” he said.
Two horses (one from Wisconsin and one from Kansas) recently were diagnosed with EHV-1. The two horses had been at a competition held in Lincoln in April.  
Follow biosecurity measures by washing hands before and after contact with each horse; disinfect boots and change clothes that come into contact with horses other than your own; if possible, avoid contact with other people’s horses, and isolate horses returning from shows for two to three weeks.
The disease is spread through contact with infected horses. Review biosecurity plans and minimize the opportunity for horses to have direct or indirect contact with each other. Indirect contact includes the use of shared water, feed sources or equipment.
It’s recommended to contact the venue to inquire about entrance requirements.
EHV-1 symptoms include: fever, decreased coordination, nasal discharge, urine dribbling, loss of tail tone, hind limb weakness, leaning against a wall or fence to maintain balance, lethargy and the inability to rise.  While there is no cure, the symptoms of the disease may be treatable.