Herpes Virus Vaccination for Horses in Brisbane, Ipswich and Lockyer Valley
There are five known subtypes of equine Herpes virus.
Equine Herpes virus-1 (EHV-1) and equine Herpes virus-4 (EHV-4) are the severest forms of the virus, which affect numerous systems in the horse.
Highly contagious and rapidly spreading, equine Herpes virus requires prompt action and strict quarantine. As equine Herpes virus has no cure, only supportive veterinary care will assist your horse in recovery and contain the disease from spreading further.
Equine Herpes virus is transmitted from horse to horse. Being a virus, there is no cure, so containment of the disease is vital in limiting its spread to other horses. It can remain dormant in the horse’s body and re-emerge at any time, particularly when the infected horse is stressed.
Signs & Symptoms
Generally, the incubation period for equine Herpes virus is between 4 and 10 days, depending on the type of virus.
Following this period, the most common signs of infection are:
- Nasal discharge
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Decreased fitness
- Decreased performance
- Strange gait
In cases of EHV-1, neurological symptoms may include paralysis, uncoordinated movements, seizures, inability to stand and even death. It can also cause abortions in pregnant mares.
A nasal swab will assist in indicating the presence of equine Herpes virus and identify the type of virus affecting your horse. With no cure available, treatment usually involves:
- Strict isolation
- Antibiotics to fight secondary infections
- Anti-inflammatories to encourage eating and drinking
Vaccination against equine Herpes virus is the only way to give your horse immunity.
Your Next Steps
If you suspect your horse is suffering from equine Herpes virus, call us immediately on (07) 5411 4554 to speak with a qualified veterinarian. For after hours emergency assistance, call 1300 641 007.