A horse that tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) was admitted to the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center and euthanized on Thursday, September 15. Although no new cases have been reported in that state, the Tennessee Valley Hunt has cancelled hunting for Thursday and Saturday, September 22 and 24. The equine hospital is under a self-imposed quarantine for fourteen days beginning on September 16.
The highly contagious disease is most commonly transmitted between horses through the air by nasal secretions from cough or sneeze. Symptoms include respiratory illness and fever and neurological changes evidenced by weakness or paralysis of hind limbs. EHV-1 is not transmissible to humans.
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