BISMARCK, ND - Equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) has been confirmed recently in horses in several states, including Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, California and Iowa.
Owners of horses that have traveled in those areas recently are being advised to keep their horses in isolation for two weeks and monitor for clinical signs, which include: fever, nasal discharge, depression, incoordination, hind limb weakness, loss of tail tone, loss of bladder tone, dog sitting position, and inability to rise.
Those planning to travel with their horses out of state or to events in North Dakota where out-of-state horses may participate should visit with their veterinarian regarding booster vaccinations and potential exposures to EHM.
"With summer coming, many horses will be moving to events around the region," said State Veterinarian Dr. Susan Keller. "Care should be taken to avoid co-mingling horses to minimize the chances of contracting the disease."
EHM can be spread through the air, contaminated equipment, clothing and hands. Biosecurity measures that can reduce the risk of spreading the disease include avoiding shared food or water containers and preventing nose-to-nose contact.
Any horses entering North Dakota for any length of time must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection and a negative Equine Infectious Anemia test.
"Certificates of veterinary inspection reduce the risk of introduction of clinical disease and help us better monitor the movement of equines into North Dakota," said Dr. Keller. "We use that information to report disease risks and findings to veterinarians and horse owners in North Dakota."
Although highly infectious and contagious among horses, EHM poses no threat to human health.
FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending March 31st, there were 0.1 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Reports indicated that, on average, producers intended to begin fieldwork on April 25th.
Topsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 5 short, 74 adequate, and 20 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 3 percent very short, 15 short, 74 adequate, and 8 surplus.
Field Crops Report
Winter wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 20 fair, 71 good, and 3 excellent.
Pasture and Range Report
Cattle and calf conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 21 fair, 70 good, and 4 excellent. Cattle and calf death loss rated 6 percent heavy, 71 average, and 23 light. Calving progress was 33 percent complete, behind 38 last year, but near 32 for the five-year average.
Sheep and lamb conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 32 fair, 59 good, and 5 excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 8 percent heavy, 76 average, and 16 light. Lambing progress was 52 percent complete, behind 62 last year, but ahead of 47 average. Shearing progress was 59 percent complete.
Hay and roughage supplies rated 5 percent very short, 19 short, 69 adequate, and 7 surplus.
Stock water supplies rated 2 percent very short, 5 short, 73 adequate, and 20 surplus.
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