Note: this map and chart are only up-to-date to Wednesday, May 18 and only include cases that have been verified by The Veterinary Infection Control Society.
Is a picture worth a thousand words? This map was created by The Veterinary Infection Control Society (VICS) and is posted on The Equid Blog of Dr Scott Weese and Dr Maureen Anderson at the Ontario Veterinary College. The Equid Blog kindly contributed to The Jurga Report‘s coverage of the EHV outbreaks over the past weekend. In case you are having difficulty discerning state and provincial borders or are not familiar with the geography of the western United States and Canada, the data has been extrapolated and compiled in a chart for you.
The Equid Blog notes: “As with most outbreaks, this is a rapidly changing situation with often incomplete data, so data regarding the number of infected horses must be interpreted with caution, but the preliminary data are reported above. Currently, data are only available from a few individuals so the numbers are low, but it is expected that the numbers will increase as more reports come in.”
Something that has occurred to me as well is the absolute necessity of horse owner compliance with requests to report sick horses to their veterinarians and/or state authorities. Just as we are seeing that some shortcomings are being identified in getting information out to horse owners, there may be an equal difficulty on the other side of getting information in.
These cases are all believed to be within a group of horses that competed in a cutting horse event in Utah in early May.
by Fran Jurga
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