Thea Digiammerino

Dozens of Horses Potentially Exposed to Illness in Bethany

An outbreak of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) has been confirmed in Bethany and as many as 35 horses may have been exposed, according to the Equine Disease Communication Center.

Symptoms were first noticed on Dec. 5 in a private facility. A 4-year-old Quarter mare tested positive, and tests are pending on three other horses.

All four of those horses were vaccinated and are receiving treatment.

Symptoms of EHM include fevers between 102 – 104 degrees, a lack of appetite, hind limb weakness and dribbling urine.

There is no cure for EHM, which causes neurological problems and can be fatal.

Officials estimate 30-35 horses may have been exposed and 20 are in quarantine established by the state Department of Agriculture.

For more information on EHM, click here. 

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