A free webcast in which an expert talks about Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV-1) is planned by Michigan State University, following an outbreak in the Upper Midwest.
There were seven confirmed cases in Minnisota, three in North Dakota, two in Wisconsin and one in Iowa as of April 14.
The university said the cases emphasized the need for Michigan horse owners to be knowledgeable of the symptoms and prevention of the highly infectious and potentially fatal disease.
The free webcast will give an overview of the virus, introduce new developments, and suggest prevention strategies.
The live webcast, Lessons Learned from Recent Equine Herpesvirus-1 Outbreaks, will feature Dr Nicolas Pusterla. It will be webcast on Tuesday, April 29 at 7pm EDT.
Pusterla is the chief of Large Animal Medicine Services at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
His research focuses on selected aspects of equine infectious diseases with an emphasis on epidemiology, clinical disease understanding, diagnostics, prevention, and treatment.
EHV-1 can cause abortions, respiratory and neurological problems in horses. Nearly all adult horses have been exposed to EHV-1 at some state in their lives.
Vaccines do not prove effective against neurological disease caused by the virus.
Initial clinical signs of EHV-1 infection may include a fever of 102 degree F or greater.
The webcast is an initiative of My Horse University and HorseQuest.
Click here to register for the webcast.