CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Oregon State University resumed normal operations Wednesday after an outbreak of equine influenza. For the past two weeks the hospital turned down horses for anything other than an emergency.
There were six confirmed cases of equine influenza, which is highly contagious but rarely fatal in horses. Four horses are still shedding the virus, but are contained in an isolation facility as they recover.
The source of the infection was traced back to a horse admitted to the hospital. Equine influenza’s not transferable to humans or other animal species, but can spread rapidly among horses and other equines.
“The incident should be a reminder to all horse owners,” said Keith Poulsen, Associate Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine. “It’s important to vaccinate their animals, practice good biosecurity, and monitor horses closely when they are in contact with other horses during and after events like fairs, competitions and trail rides.”
Anyone who has concerns about the health of their animals should contact their veterinarian or the Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital at OSU, at 541-737-2858.