Liberty University Equestrian Center hit with a horse fever outbreak

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Liberty University officials are confirming a horse fever outbreak at the university’s equestrian center.

One horse named Lakota has died and seven horses have been exhibiting symptoms of the Potomac Horse Fever. 

According to Liberty University’s Equestrian Center Director Suzanne Flaig, the presence of the horse fever outbreak has been confirmed through blood tests. 

All seven horses that had symptoms were infected despite being vaccinated against the disease. 

Flaig released the following statement:

Dr. Kevin Pelzer of the Virginia Tech Epidemiology Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences conducted an on-site evaluation and confirmed the outbreak of the insect transmitted illness.  The disease is not contagious and is not spread through horse to horse contact.  Horse owners are cautioned to look for symptoms in their own horses that include loss of appetite, fever, depression and loose stools or diarrhea.  If these symptoms are noted they should contact their veterinarian.

The Equestrian Center is grateful for the outpouring of support that we have received.  All of the remaining horses that were infected are doing well and expected to make a full recovery.

 Activities at the Equestrian Center are set to resume early next week.

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