The following is an e-mail from Jim Harvey, General Manager of the Golden Spike Event Center in Utah, where the first case of the recent EHV-1 outbreak was reported:
“We are devastated by the news that the horses of some owners and trainers have been effected by the outbreak of EHV-1 brought into our facility in early May. Please know that within 10 hours of learning about this, we promptly sterilized all stalls, alleyways, arenas, and common areas where horses might have been during the event. We did this at the suggestion of Dr. Bruce King Bruce L. King, DVM – State Veterinarian – Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.
Additionally, in an effort to be pro-active, that same evening we had the entire facility fogged with an anti-microbial virus neutralizer. We have also destroyed all hoses and drained all water troughs just to be on the safe side.
Because we are continuing to learn more about the virus and are awaiting the tertiary effect on other horses, we are not accepting any layovers and we are actively working with customers to postpone or cancel their shows within the next 28 days.”
For information on the Nebraska EHV-1 quarantine: http://www.agr.ne.gov/newsrel/may2011/equine_herpesvirus.htm
For contact information for various State Veterinarian Offices: http://www.avma.org/disaster/state_veterinarians.asp