TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Horse owners are being urged to keep an eye on their animals for signs of Equine Herpes Virus.
Kansas Department of Agriculture Animal Health officials reported Tuesday that a horse in northeast Kansas tested positive for EHV-1. The animal was euthanized.
Tthe horse had been to a large barrel racing event in Lincoln, Nebraska in April 10-13. In the days following the event, a horse from Wisconsin tested postive. It also was euthanized.
Symptoms of equine herpes include fever, nasal discharge, wobbly gait and hind-end weakness. The virus is easily spread through airborne transmissions, horse-to-horse contact or nasal secretions on tack, feed and other surfaces. People also can spread it to animals if their hands, clothing, shoes or vehicles are contaminated.
So far, the state is not restricting equine events or movements. However, they do urge owners to take precautions if participating in horse shows. They also ask owners to monitor their animals for signs of the disease, including checking temperatures twice a day for changes and implementing good biosecurity practices for an equine facility.