February 14, 2012~ According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA): “There are no facilities in California under quarantine for EHV-1. Otherwise known as Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy.
Further, CDFA has not made any recommendations for the cancellation of any equine events. Horse owners traveling to an equine event are reminded that there is always risk when horses of unknown health status are commingled at one location for a show or competition. CDFA strongly recommends horse owners practice proper biosecurity when traveling to or stalled at an equine event. The following basic beiosecurity measures should be followed at horse events to decrease potential disease spread:
*Limit horse-to-horse contact
*Limit horse-to human-to-horse contact
*Avoid use of communal water sources
*Avoid sharing of equipment unless thoroughtly cleaned and disinfected between uses.
*Monitor your horse for clinical signs of disease and report any temperature over 102F to a veterinarian.
EHM Brochure 2011 from UC Davis: EHMBrochure2011 UC Davis