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This week in horse health news:
Familiarity Breeds Obliviousness? French researchers have found that equine caregivers may become desensitized to stereotypical behaviors (“vices”) and other signs of poor wellbeing, leading to inaccurate assessments of their horses’ welfare. [Horsetalk]
Protect Your Horses from EHV-1 and EHM: Recent outbreaks of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) and resulting equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) have spurred veterinarians to remind equestrians that good biosecurity practices can help save their horses from potentially devastating disease. [The Horse]
Bornavirus Antibodies Debut in Icelandic Horses: Icelandic veterinarians have discovered horses carrying antibodies for borna disease virus (BDV) for the first time; this could be a pivotal find, as the island’s equine population is strictly isolated from the rest of the world. [The Horse]
Massachusetts Neurologic Cases NOT EHV-1: Two Massachusetts horses from the same barn displayed neurologic symptoms, but vets have concluded that these cases were not EHV-1. The first horse was euthanized after its equine protozoal myelitis worsened, and the second horse is currently receiving veterinary care. [Chronicle of the Horse]