West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in Central Washington

We strongly recommend vaccinating for West Nile Virus all horses that might be exposed to mosquitoes, whether they are around other horses or not.

Last updated on 7/29/16

West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in western Idaho

Last updated on 7/9/14

Here's a useful story from thehorse.com: Recognizing Pain on a Horse's Face.

Last updated on 4/14/14

On February 28th, the Melody Riders Saddle Club presented a Horse Health Education Seminar.

Last updated on 4/14/14

The Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is again open to clients seeking service for horses, llamas and alpacas following the recent outbreak of equine herpes virus (EHV-1). Reopening is slightly ahead of schedule because there have been no new cases of EHV-1 in Washington for more than two weeks. Colorado State University’s veterinary college's hospital is also open. Clients wishing to bring horses to WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital will best be served by calling ahead first so the screening and admission process can be streamlined. The number to call is (509) 335-7073.

Last updated on 6/27/11

An update from the USDA on the Equine Herpes Virus outbreak is available here.

As of 5/26/2011, 4 horses in Washington State been confirmed positive for the virus. No horses in Washington have been euthanized or died as a result of infection.

Last updated on 6/4/11

As of this morning, according to the State Veterinarian's Office, there have been 3 confirmed cases of Equine Herpes Virus and 3 suspect cases in the state of Washington. Those horses are currently in stable condition, with no euthanasias and no severe signs. All horses that were at the Ogden event have been traced and isolated, along with all of the horses in-contact with those horses. The state has not put a moratorium on shows or rodeos. If a local club, show, rodeo, or event has been canceled, it was at the behest of the organizer of that particular event. You may still ride and move your horses, unless you or your horse have been in contact with one of the horses that participated at the National Cutting Horse Championships. If you or your horse were at that event and have not yet been contacted by the State Veterinary Office, please contact them at 360-902-1878.

For Washington State specific updates on the current Equine Herpes Virus outbreak, please go to http://agr.wa.gov/.

Last updated on 5/19/11

Here is a link to an aggregation of news and updates on the current Equine Herpes Virus outbreak traced to Ogden, Utah National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championships. In all likelihood, none of our clients will be affected by this outbreak, so please don't panic. Transmission is direct horse-to-horse via aerosols or fluids (sneezing, nasal discharge, saliva). The virus may also be carried on hands, clothing, and equipment. If you or any of your horses have been in contact with horses that traveled to the Championships, please contact a veterinarian. Equine Herpes Virus does not affect cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, dogs, cats, or birds. There is no risk of transmission to people.

Last updated on 5/18/11

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