Equine herpesvirus-1 myeloencephalopathy: A review of recent developments

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Equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM), although a relatively uncommon manifestation of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) infection, can cause devastating losses on individual farms or boarding stables. Although outbreaks of EHM have been recognized for centuries in domestic horse populations, many aspects of this disease remained poorly characterized. In recent years, an improved understanding of EHM has emerged from experimental studies and from data collected during field outbreaks at riding schools, racetracks and veterinary hospitals throughout North America and Europe. These outbreaks have highlighted the contagious nature of EHV-1 and have prompted a re-evaluation of diagnostic procedures, treatment modalities, preventative measures and biosecurity protocols for the disease. This review concentrates on these and other selected, clinically relevant aspects of EHM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-289
Number of pages11
JournalVeterinary Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2009


  • Biosecurity
  • Diagnosis
  • Equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM)
  • Equine herpes virus (EHV)-1
  • Prevention
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)


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