EHV, is a potentially serious contagious disease threat

What is EHV

By Josh Slater on 22 July 2019

Equine Herpes Virus, commonly referred to as EHV, is a potentially serious contagious disease threat that every horse owner should be aware of and take steps to prevent.

EHV is actually a family of different viruses with EHV-1 and 4 being the most common. These Equine Herpes Viruses have potentially serious health, performance and financial implications across every sector of the equestrian industry, worldwide.

Understanding what EHV is, how it spreads and how to protect against it will help to minimise the risks to our horses.

In the first of our series of four essential EHV awareness vlogs Professor Josh Slater, European Veterinary Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine, explains what EHV is and how it spreads from horse to horse.

In other blogs Josh explains types of EHV and signs to look for, preventative strategies and what to do if you think your horse may have EHV.

Did you know?

EHV is related to human cold sores, chicken pox and shingles viruses. 



Professor Josh Slater PhD, BVM&S, DipECEIM

Professor Josh Slater BVM&S, PhD, DipECEIM. Josh is an expert in equine infectious respiratory diseases and has advised extensively on biosecurity for numerous international equine competitions. He has a particular interest in herpesviruses, influenza and Streptococcus equi, the cause of strangles.

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