Equine Herpesvirus cases spark concern

COVENTRY – The Chenango County Farm Bureau is concerned about the lack of public awareness regarding a highly contagious viral infection that affects horses.

“There’s not enough information available on Equine Herpesvirus 1,” said Jan Hinman, a Coventry horse farm owner who sits on the CCFB board of directors.

Two cases of the virus, referred to as EHV-1, were confirmed in late March. Some 69 horses that may have been exposed to the infected animals while they were being treated at Cornell University’s Equine Hospital were quarantined as a result, according to a press statement issued by the New York State Department of Ag and Markets on April 5. The Equine Hospital itself was also quarantined, from March 29 through April 11.

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