When protecting horses from EHV-1, prevention is your first line of defense. Set up a washing station at the entrance to your farm and require all visitors to spray their tires down and wash their shoes in disinfectant.

The Equine Herpesvirus: EHV-1 Prevention and Tips

Outbreaks of EHV-1 at racetracks and other horse facilities have been widely publicized with fatality rates as high as 40 percent. But don?t panic! The neurological form of equine herpes virus has occurred sporadically for many years, and although there does appear to be an increase in the EHV-1 outbreaks across the country recently, it?s still a relatively rare disease in the U.S. horse population. Your horse is much more likely to die from colic or respiratory disease than he is from EHV-1.