Outbreak Of Fatal Horse Virus Spreads To California

SACRAMENTO (CBS13/AP) — At least 10 horses in California have tested positive for a deadly horse virus in an outbreak that has hit several Western states and Canada that has spread since a horse competition earlier this month in Utah.

 So far, horses in Idaho, Utah, Colorado, California, Washington and Canada have been infected with the highly contagious Equine Herpes Virus-1. The disease poses no threat to people, but it is easily spread among horses, alpacas and llamas because it can be airborne and transmitted by touch or by sharing feed, brushes, bits and other equipment.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture says 10 horses in Kern, Placer, Stanislaus, Amador and Napa counties have confirmed cases of Equine Herpes.  One horse in Kern County had to be euthanized after showing severe neurologic signs.

   The infected horses were among roughly 500 that attended the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championships in Ogden, Utah, earlier this month. Now officials in several states, including California, are quarantining infected animals and asking owners of other horses that attended the competition to monitor the animals for symptoms.

   Colorado, which has two confirmed cases of the virus, is now requiring permits for any horses being brought into the state. One of the horses was so ill it had to be euthanized, officials said.

   The outbreak also has prompted Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital to ban all non-emergency appointments for horses as a precaution, and the university’s Equine Sciences Center has cancelled two riding clinics and temporarily restricted horses from entering or leaving the campus.

   Washington state veterinarian Leonard Eldridge said a horse that was treated at the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Pullman tested positive for the virus. Testing is being done on several other horses in the state that also attended the Utah event.

   Oregon has no reported cases of the virus but is keeping an eye on 18 horses that attended the competition in Utah, said Oregon Department of Agriculture spokesman Bruce Pokarney.

   Montana officials are asking the owners of about 35 horses that attended the event to watch for any signs of the disease as well.

   Nebraska’s state veterinarian has placed five horse farms under quarantine because they had horses that attended the championships.

   Infected animals usually get sick between two and 14 days after they are exposed to the virus. Symptoms include fever, sneezing, staggering and partial paralysis.


One Comment

  1. ronald west says:


    1. kaks says:

      The man died of the type of virus carried by mice, not this type. This type infects the brain and also causes paralysis and spontaneous abortion. It has now been diagnosed in a horse in Weatherford, Texas.

  2. Ann says:

    Very odd. Also read that a man died of Hanta virus in Colorado just 2 months ago. It was the 1st case that resulted in death since 1993. Also, an Oregon man died of a rare strain of bird flu that liquified his brain. Bad signs.

  3. mia says:

    Go stomp some ants to get happy.

  4. Kelly says:

    Olive leaf kills this virus as do other herbs I’m sure! Do your research and don’t count on your pharmacy meds so much! Get back into what God has supplied us with naturally and these horses will bounce back!

    1. Adele says:

      Your story was really infromaitve, thanks!

  5. Kelly says:

    Try Olive leaf, it kills this virus as do other herbs I’m sure! Don’t be relying on pharmaceuticals and vaccines, nothing good much comes from them except a weaker immune system!

    1. Felice says:

      how do i use the olive leaf?

    2. krista says:

      really….come on….wonder if people being scared of getting/giving vaccines is why we are seeing a measles outbreak right now….or polio and pertussis cases on the rise in the U.S. People need to get off the celebrity band wagon.

  6. Hank Warren says:

    Useless FDA yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    1. Guy Noir, Private Eye says:

      Hanks “Banned” book ‘America Deceived II’… Is Available FOR SALE on AMAZON FGS!

      hardly fits as ‘Banned; in my humble opinion!!!!

    2. Tom Jones says:

      Last time I checked, any idiot can get a gun, and why impeach Obama for Bush’s wars?

  7. Ldbgcoleman says:

    There is no vaccine and no cure for this. It us extremely contagious. No herbs wont cure it and most horses do not survive. It is a neurological form of Herpes basically. Very serious. Hopefully they keep it contained.

    1. CorrectionMan says:

      The 5-way shot contains the rhinopneumonitis(Equine Herpes Virus-1) vaccine.

      1. hnemanic says:

        Sorry about that Correctionman, but the 5- way does not kill this type of Equine herpes. Equine herpes-1 is a neurological form of the virus that can and most times kills the Horse..

  8. cynthia says:

    the 5-way shot does not cover the evh-1 virus.

    1. carol england says:

      what if it CAUSED it.

  9. hnemanic says:

    I live in Stanislaus County, Ca. and I have two horses at a boarding stables, and I sure would like to find out where the Horses in Stanislaus County who have contracted the Virus are stabled. While I feel great concern for any and all of the Horses who have been exposed to this Deadly virus, knowing mine are not living right next door to any of the Horses who have been diagnosed with the virus would sure ease my mind a bit. If anyone has any information as to where in Stanislaus county these infected animals are or were located please let me know.. Thank you from a very worried Horse owner in Stanislaus County, Ca.

  10. Jim says:

    Do a search on MMS that will cure it

    1. Laurel says:

      Protocol for a horse, please—–

  11. ben says:

    where in weatherford is the cause that’s not far from me a little conserning. I did not know about this tell today and the. I know there are cutting horse that compete at the upper levels not far down the road. Not a good thing.

    1. Dolley says:

      Ya learn smoehtnig new everyday. It’s true I guess!

  12. Esbee says:

    yes this is a bad disease but be very careful that the USDA does not use this as an excuse to get people to register their premises, microchip and then file reports on where they take their animals. see no nais dot org for more info on the program that benefits only corporate ag (they do not have to follow these rules) but the rest of us pay and work the program for no benefit.

    1. Carol England says:


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