A horse euthanized Friday at the Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show with EHV-like symptoms didn’t have the deadly Equine Herpes Virus according to tests.
The horse in question became ill during the show at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds with symptoms consistent with Equine herpes virus, a disease that is highly contagious. The horse’s neurologic symptoms spread fears rapidly, leading to the cancellation of events and owners being asked to quarantine their horses.
University of Minnesota Extension 4-H spokeswoman Aimee Viniard-Weideman told ABC News, “It was the family’s decision to euthanize the horse based on the symptoms it was exhibiting and the fact that it could no longer stand. The 4-H extension did not force the family to euthanize the horse.”
All horses at the show — somewhere around 640 — were then ordered into quarantine for a minimum of three weeks, with their temperature being taken two times a day.
That quarantine has been lifted with the negative test results, announced 4-H fair director Brad Rugg. Rugg told the St. Paul Pioneer Press, “We know that you join us in extending our sympathies to the 4-H member and her family who lost their beloved horse last weekend.” Tests were inconclusive on what did cause the horse’s neurological symptoms.