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OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital Statement

Friday, February 13 2015

Official News Release

A hospitalized patient at the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital has been confirmed with the neuropathogenic form of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1). Necessary biosecurity measures have been taken and disinfection protocols have been implemented. 

EHV viruses are found in most horses all over the world. It is recognized that severe debilitating diseases, which cause immunosuppression, can result in reactivation of the virus. We suspect this to be the most likely chain of events in the confirmed case. Five other horses have been quarantined and the equine barn is currently closed for biocontainment until further notice.


Contact: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences | 405-744-6740 |
Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is the only veterinary college in Oklahoma. One of 28 veterinary colleges in the United States, it is fully accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The center’s Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital is open to the public and provides routine and specialized care for small and large animals. It also offers 24-hour emergency care and is certified by the American Animal Hospital Association. OSU is America’s Brightest Orange. Through leadership and service, OSU is preparing students for a brighter future and building a brighter world for all. As Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high quality teaching, research and outreach. As America’s Healthiest Campus, OSU is committed to the health and well-being of its students, employees, animals and the community.