Posted: Oct 1, 2013 | Author: Health4horses
Myth: Only horses showing clinical signs can spread equine herpes virus infection
Horses can transmit the virus without showing any clinical signs. Usually, the respiratory disease caused by EHV causes symptoms in young horses – weanlings and yearlings.1
Myth: Once recovered, a horse is no longer infectious
This is not true – a horse can transmit the equine herpes virus even after they have recovered.1
Myth: Once infected, a horse cannot have a recurrence of symptoms
Once infected, a horse can have a relapse of symptoms, caused by a reactivation of the virus. This may occur on and off throughout the horse’s lifetime.1
- Queensland Horse Council Inc. Equine Herpes Virus Fact Sheet, March 2009.