This is why we’ve had a delay in programming.
If you haven’t heard about the EHV-1 outbreak yet, background info can be found in this article at Equine Ink.
Once I passed through the 1,000-heart-attacks stage (a horse less than an hour from me has the EHV-1 virus and is now isolated at UC Davis) I started researching.
We’re not panicking, but we are also not being stupid. Our barn is in temporary lockdown. The barn owner will reevaluate the situation in 10 days or so, after consulting with the barn vet. No horses in, no horses out. We have NO cases. It’s in an effort to be smart, and not welcome the virus onto the property. As our barn owner said, there’s no need to panic. And there is also no need to be stupid.
Here’s the latest CA update on the current outbreak, from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. USDA info on EHV-1 available in brochure (pdf) form. I found the last link oddly reassuring. It’s a general brochure on all forms of EHV, so you’ll have to scroll down to EHV-1.
For my circumstances, the take home message:
- Don’t travel with horses until we know the active virus is contained.
- And for humans, and do not travel between barns without decontaminating: take a full shower, complete change of clothing, including new, unexposed footwear.
- I’m keeping two sets of boots clean and isolated from each other (as well as a new car floor mat and seat cover to switch out), so there is no chance I could be a passive carrier, even though the likelihood is slim.
It’s not worth even the smallest chance.
Now that I have that info, we can start to return to our regular programming! We certainly could use a little humor. Hopefully, I can go to the virtual beach in my brain, use my
metal humor detector, and dig up something fun!