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Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus-1 Found in Southern Ontario and California

Ottawa, ON — Equine Canada’s Health and Welfare Committee is notifying horse owners that Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed in horses in Southern Ontario and California. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has been notified of a con- firmed case of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), caused by EHV-1, in Southern Ontario. A blood sample from a horse with severe neurological signs test- ed positive for EHV-1 in early January. The horse was euthanized after its condition deteriorated. Another horse with similar signs was euthanized in late December on a separate location, but unfortunately no samples were taken so the case could not be confirmed as EHV-1. California has had 16 confirmed cases of EVH1 and two that are believed to have had Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy. For constant updates, please refer to The most recent links to this date are included below. results/indio-horse-tests-positive-for-ehv-1-neuropathic- strain.html

Breyer “Joey” and War Horse Books to be Raffled at Equine Guelph Gala Evening!

The excitement is mounting for horse enthusiasts and theatre buffs eager to see the National Theatre of Great Britain’s award-winning production of War Horse. This remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship has won six Tony awards including best play. The story is one of an incredible partnership between a boy named Albert and his beloved horse, Joey.

Equine Canada is working with Canada’s veterinarians to monitor the situation and keep our members abreast of developments in the United States and Canada. We will post new information and status updates regarding EHV-1 neurological cases on our website at

• University of Saskatchewan • OMAFRA

EHV-1 is easily spread by sharing contaminated equipment, con- tact with an animal carrying the virus, or by the clothing, hands or equipment of visitors to farms who recently had contact with an infect- ed horse.

Outbreak control of nEHV-1 is dependent on proper biosecurity or containment strategies. Equine Canada strongly urges owners to con- sult the following resources to better understand the nature and control of this infectious disease:

• Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan Facts About Equine Herpes Virus— ease-spread.htm • American Plant and Health Inspection Service ochure_2009.pdf

Owners are encouraged to speak with their veterinarian if they have additional concerns or questions.

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Partnership is the best description for the special fund raising evening which will be held at the Princess of Wales theatre on March 8th for Equine Guelph’s Wel- fare Education Fund. War Horse Toronto wishes to help Equine Guelph with their quest of “helping horses for life.”

Breyer (through Kroeger Distributing in Canada) has also joined the cause, donating 24 Traditional ‘Joey’ model/War Horse book box sets (limited collectors’ edi- tion of 3,500) as a fundraiser for Equine Guelph’s gala evening . David Mirvish will sign the belly of the horses which will be raffled off at the pre-show reception. Don’t miss this once-in-a-life time experience made possible by Mirvish Productions - the Equine Guelph Gala fundraising event on March 8th, 6:30pm - 10pm:

appetizers) • enjoy a catered pre-show reception (wine and

• enter raffle to win a limited edition Breyer Tradi- tional “Joey” box set signed by David Mirvish • premium seats, orchestra section of the Princess

of Wales Theatre

the puppets! Tickets $200 -

• an exclusive backstage tour after the show to meet

Order tickets at 1-888-266-3108 or online (and fol- low the prompts). For best seat selection, order your tickets by Jan 31st. Only a limited number of tickets left! For a sneak peak of the War Horse theatrical pro- duction

24 “Joey” Boxed sets to be raffled off at the Gala evening

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