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May 18, 2011

HOT Links for EHV-1 Information

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

For up to date information on Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHV-1) Virus:

American Veterinary Medical Association – A list of State Veterinarians to contact for current information on state border closures, cases reported and advice on the outbreak according to your state’s cases.

The Horse.com – Updated news daily on the number of confirmed cases as well as a fact sheet of The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About EHV-1.

Equine Chronicle – News on show cancellations and national information on the outbreak.

AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) – Medical information or to find a vet in your area. 

USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) – Information on previous outbreaks of the EHV-1 virus.

The most important thing to remember as a horse owner is that it is your responsibility to use common sense and go to reliable sources for information rather than relying on rumor or social media posts from individuals that can not be substantiated.

Social media can be a powerful way to receive up to the minute information but make sure the source is a veterinarian or an organization that is fact checking before posting information.

Remember that the best defense in a good offense – a healthy immune system!

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