Neuropathogenic Equine Herpes Virus Confirmed in Idaho Horses
Updated 2/8/18 a.m.
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has received confirmation of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) diagnosed in horses on a premises in Jerome County and a premises in Gooding County. Both premises are privately owned and now are under quarantine.
EHM is caused by a neuropathogenic strain of equine herpes virus (EHV-1) infection and results in neurological symptoms. One additional premises in Gem County also is under quarantine due to a confirmed EHV abortion in a pregnant mare. An epidemiological investigation is under way for the three premises, but no connection between the operations is apparent. The EHV strain affecting the mare in Gem County was a non-neuropathogenic form, which is known to commonly cause respiratory disease as well as abortion in mares.
EHV-1 is highly contagious among horses. The virus poses no health threat to humans. EHV-1 is present in the environment and found in most horse populations around the world. Horses are typically exposed to the virus at a young age with no serious side effects. Research has not yet determined conclusively why horses with EHV-1 can develop the neuropathogenic strain, EHM.
Symptoms frequently associated with EHM infection in horses include a fever greater than 101.5 F, incoordination, hindquarter weakness, lethargy, incontinence and diminished tail tone. The virus is easily spread by airborne transmission, horse-to-horse contact and contact with nasal secretions on tack, feed and other surfaces. People can spread the virus to horses through contaminated hands, clothing, shoes and vehicles. There is no licensed equine vaccine to protect against EHM.
“We encourage owners to contact their veterinarian immediately if they observe any symptoms of illness in their horses,” said Dr. Bill Barton, ISDA State Veterinarian. EHM/EHV is a Notifiable Disease to the State Veterinarian in Idaho. Anyone suspecting or confirming a case of EHM/EHV should call (208) 332-8540 or (208) 332-8570 to report cases.
Horses that may have been exposed to EHV often take several days to demonstrate clinical illness and run the risk of shedding the virus undetected. Exposed horses that travel to shows or exhibitions could expose other horses before disease containment can be implemented.
ISDA urges horse owners to incorporate preventative biosecurity measures while transporting or boarding horses at facilities with regular traffic on and off the grounds and especially where horses are likely to come in contact with new horses such as at a racetrack, rodeo or fairgrounds. Several preventative biosecurity measures are important in minimizing a horse’s risk of contracting the virus:
Disinfect stalls before use,
Never share water or feed buckets and tack or grooming equipment,
Avoid unnecessary contact with other horses.
Additionally, people who work at multiple equine facilities should practice biosecurity measures by washing hands and changing footwear and clothing before entering each facility.
Nampa could get a food plant next to the Idaho Center. But it could lose this event.
Two separate companies are interested in building a food-processing plant on city of Nampa-owned land in the Ford Idaho Horse Park east of the Ford Idaho Center.
A plant by either one would entail private investment of as much as $85 million and jobs for dozens of people, said Beth Ineck, the city’s economic development director.
But it would lop 10 acres off the 110 used by one of the Northwest’s top showplaces for horse events. Ineck said the city will try to keep all 26 of the shows that regularly book the center each year, but it could lose a show for Arabian horses.
“The goal is certainly not to damage the reputation or the impact that the horse park has in the community,” she said. “We want to keep everyone happy, but at the same time, there’s this great opportunity to attract a new business into the community that would have a significant investment and a significant economic impact all on their own.”
A plant would continue Nampa’s effort to transform its eastern gateway into a multi-use corridor. It would generate property taxes, and the city could use the money from selling the land to upgrade other parts of the Idaho Center, potentially attracting more shows.
Two companies approached the city last year to see if some of the horse park land was available for development, Ineck said. She declined to identify them. Later, Nampa proposed selling 16 acres just east of the Idaho Center building, which it also owns.
The companies liked that the land is close to I-84, a railroad and other industrial businesses, and that it has necessary utility connections, Ineck wrote in a Jan. 10 memo to new Mayor Debbie Kling and the City Council.
The site has landscaping where people sit to watch shows and a few dirt areas where competitors exercise their horses. Three shows — one yearly, one every other year and one every third year — use the dirt areas for competition events, Ineck said.
On Nov. 20, the City Council declared the 16 acres surplus property and planned a Dec. 18 public hearing on the proposed sale. After hearing concerns from organizers of horse shows, the city postponed the public hearing to Tuesday, Jan. 16. City staffers came up with a new proposal to sell 10 acres and keep the other six. The land would be sold at an auction, with an opening bid of $1.7 million.
“We do not know for certain who would actually bid on the property in an auction setting,”
The Idaho Center hosts 26 horse-centered events a year, Ineck said. Developing the land would more than offset the loss of an estimated $50,000 in city revenue from losing a few of those shows and other customers, she said.
Based roughly on the companies’ proposals, Ineck described an example that suggested a plant would cost $20 million to build. That would produce more than $170,000 per year in city property taxes and $225,000 to other property-taxing governments.
In the same example, Ineck estimated 40 new manufacturing jobs. According to Ineck’s memo, Boise Valley Economic Partnership economist Ethan Mansfield predicted those jobs would lead to the creation of an additional 60 positions in the surrounding economy, with a total compensation of more than $4 million and a total economic impact of $29.2 million.
The council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to sell the 16 acres as planned originally, sell 10 acres, or sell nothing. If the council decides to sell 10 acres, Ineck said, the city will redraw lot lines for the property and schedule a public hearing for February on the proposal.
Tuesday, January 16th at 7pm at Nampa City Hall.
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Edward “Ed” Paul Duren
(June 28, 1935 – November 15, 2017)
Edward Paul Duren, 82, of Soda Springs passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Soda Springs. A Rosary will be held at the Sims Funeral Home on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. and family will visit with friends from 7-9 p.m.
Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Soda Springs.
Ed was one of the Idaho Horse Councils Founding Fathers.
The American Horse Council urges members of the horse community to contact their Senators to voice their support for the PAST Act today!
Attached is a sample letter addressed to Sen. Crapo, who is a prime candidate to introduce the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act this year. You can personalize or adapt the letter – which describes and summarizes the benefits of the bill – as you see fit.
The staff contact in the DC office is Andrew Earl, who can be reached at Andrew_Earl@crapo.senate.gov. Just to let you know, I believe that the
Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2015 or the PAST Act (Identical to 2016 bill)
This bill amends the Horse Protection Act to establish a new system for inspecting
horses for soring, revise penalties for violations of the Act, and modify enforcement
procedures. The soring of horses is any of various actions taken on a horse’s limb to
produce a higher gait that may cause pain, distress, inflammation, or lameness.
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) must establish requirements to license, train,
assign, and oversee persons hired by the management of horse shows, exhibitions,
sales, or auctions to detect and diagnose sore horses. A license may not be issued to a
person with conflicts of interest, and USDA must give preference to veterinarians. USDA
may revoke a license for unsatisfactory performance. USDA must assign licensed
inspectors after receiving notice that management intends to hire the inspectors. An
inspector must issue a citation for violations and notify USDA of violations. USDA must
publish information on violations of this bill and disqualify a horse that is sore.
The bill prohibits a person in any horse show, exhibition, sale, or auction from causing
or directing a horse to become sore for the purpose of showing, exhibiting, selling, or
auctioning the horse.
The bill prohibits the use of specified devices on a Tennessee Walking, a Racking, or a
Spotted Saddle horse at a show, exhibition, sale, or auction.
The bill increases the maximum criminal and civil liability penalties for certain violations.
USDA may disqualify violators from specified activities related to horse shows,
exhibitions, sales, and auctions.
Prior to adjourning for the August recess, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to the “Make America Secure Appropriations Act” (H.R. 3219) offered by Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), a bill that will increase equine therapy funding for veterans by $5 million during FY2018. In a statement released Friday, July 28, Congressman Barr expressed his pleasure over passage of the defense spending legislation. He stated that he is “particularly pleased that the final bill … expands the availability of evidence-based equine treatment for veterans who have suffered trauma while serving our country.”
Before the equine therapy provision becomes law, House and Senate lawmakers must convene a “conference” to negotiate final legislation for a vote in both chambers, and present the bill to the President for his signature. Because the House will not return to Washington until September 5, Congress will not be able to negotiate a final bill until the fall. Although the Senate currently plans to remain in session through August 11, their agenda remains uncertain. Following failure of healthcare legislation last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has identified Federal Drug Administration (FDA) funding, Department of Defense (DOD) authorization legislation, and federal appointments as priorities for the next two weeks. Congress must pass final spending bills, or a continuing resolution, prior to the end of the current fiscal year on September 30.
To view a copy of Rep. Barr’s statement related to the equine therapy amendment, please see the following link: https://barr.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/barr-votes-to-enhance-national-security. If you would like more information about this bill or related issues in Congress, please contact Bryan Brendle firstname.lastname@example.org 202-296-4031.