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September 22, 2015

Test shows horse did not have EHV-1

Media Contact: Aimee Viniard-Weideman, U of M Extension, (651) 894-4591,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (9/22/2015)—A horse that became ill during the State 4-H Horse Show last Friday tested negative for Equine Herpesvirus 1, according to the University of Minnesota Extension.
Based on the horse’s neurological symptoms, there was a possibility that the horse had Equine Herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1). The family that owned the horse chose to euthanize it because of its worsening condition and poor prognosis. Testing was conducted through the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Because of the possibility of EHV-1, State 4-H Horse Show participants were instructed to quarantine horses that participated in the horse show and monitor their horses until test results were available.

4-H participants were notified of the test results this afternoon. Because of these test results, horses that participated in the State 4-H Horse Show no longer need to be quarantined.
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