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May 17, 2011


Breaking News – Details on EHV-1/Equine Herpes Virus Outbreak

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

A recent outbreak of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHV-1) has been traced to horses who exhibited at the National Cutting Horse Association’s Western National Championships in Ogden, Utah on April 20-May 8, 2011.  Horses that participated in this event may have been exposed to the EHV-1 virus.

The EHV-1 virus can spread quickly from horse to horse so if you think your horse has possibly been exposed to the EHV-1 virus, watch your horse for clinical signs of the disease such as:

  • High temperature
  • Lethargy
  • Incoordination
  • Hind end weakness
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Trouble rising
  • Nasal discharge

The EHV-1 disease can be spread through:

  • Horse to horse contact
  • Airborne fluids
  • Contaminated human hands
  • Equipment
  • Tack
  • Feed

It is very important to understand that there is no specific treatment for EHV-1 and there are NO EQUINE VACCINES that protect against this neurological strain of the virus.  In fact, vaccinating your horse for the EHV-4 strain of the disease (which is a respiratory form of the disease) might in fact compromise your horse’s immune system therefore making them MORE susceptible to the neurologic strain.

Supplements that can boost your horse’s immune system and help prevent infection are:

  • Lysine (@ 30,000 mg per day)
  • Colloidal Silver (@ 4oz twice daily)
  • CHVEL (2oz twice daily)

These supplements have been combined in a Neuro Kit by DePaolo Equine Concepts and can be used to treat the disease as well.  Dr. DePaolo also believes that horses infected with the disease should be treated with IV ozone as soon as symptoms are detected.  Other treatments, such as Zylexis or EqStim (an immune booster) might also be beneficial to treat the EHV-1 infection but one should consult their regular veterinarian to discuss this further.

The most important steps in preventing the spread of EVH-1 are:

  • Limit your horse’s contact with other horses who may have been exposed to the disease or whose history is unknown
  • Do not share tack, buckets or grooming tools with unfamiliar horses
  • Do not let your horse rub noses with other horses
  • After handling a horse wash your hands before handling, touching or petting another horse
  • Abide by all quarantines when traveling in or out of an area infected with neurologic EHV-1

For more information on healthy vaccination protocol please visit the DePaolo Equine Concepts Health Library.

To learn more about the EHV-1 virus, click on this fact sheet.

And for the most up to date information in your area, please contact your State’s Agriculture Department or the State Veterinarian’s Office rather than relying on 2nd hand information.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Gregor
    Jan 29 2012

    Hello… I’m a great believer and user of Colloidal Silver and have been making it for over 13years. Great uses and no illnesses to speak of, after initial useage, early on. I use a CS product @ 2000ppm ( can dillute) with a particle size of .0007ug/microns. At this nano-particle size, it will penetrate all tissue and cells, for that matter. Recent data I’ve received from very competent sources.. it appears MYCOPLASMAS are now seen to be causal effects for many of the chronic degenerative diseases were experiencing today. It appears that the nano-particle sized CS will ‘ address’ the Chronic diseases, ie. MS, RArthritis, Fibromyalgia, Cancers, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Wegeners disease,Lupus and more. Additionally… With the recent quarantine here locally with horse(s) found with EHV-1, in which one was put-down, it seems the quarantined equines would benefit from CS and co-agents to address the horses immune system and Herpes issue. Its good to see folks in your field, using CS and other formulas to help in the aforementioned matter.

    • Thank you for your in depth comment and explanation of Colloidal Silver. We strongly agree that holistic and natural products are the very best choice. Colloidal Silver in conjunction with L-Lysine are great for boosting the immune system and can help horses with all strains of herpes.

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