The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) was confirmed in a North Carolina mare on Jan. 5. The horse, from a Rockingham County stable, was taken to the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at North Carolina State University (NC State) upon becoming ill, and was directly quarantined to the equine isolation unit of the hospital. As a result, the equine hospital at NC State will only accept emergency cases for the next seven days.

“We have been fortunate that we’ve not seen this particular form of this common virus in North Carolina to date, even though it has been increasing in frequency throughout the country for almost a decade now,” said State Veterinarian David Marshall, DVM. “We are working with the College of Veterinary Medicine and with the stable to implement biosecurity measures and minimize the risk of further spread.”