The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is urging horse owners to do their part to stop the spread of a highly contagious horse disease. The disease Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) was recently confirmed in North and South Dakota. EHM is a reportable and potentially fatal disease that was last confirmed in Minnesota in 2015.

We are approaching the time of year when many horse owners take their horses to shows, competitions and county fairs. Horse owners that are attending different events must "adhere to rigorous and routine biosecurity practices to prevent the further spread of EHM and other contagious diseases.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has an official control plan for EHM. If a horse in Minnesota has been confirmed with EHM or exposed it must be quarantined. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health will work with the local veterinarians and the horse owner to carry out testing and observation protocols. So, if you are taking your horse to events this spring and summer be sure to talk with your veterinarian!