B.W. Furlong & Associates’s statement regarding the EHV-1 Positive Horse
Recently a patient at our facility tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). The patient is in our isolation unit, removed from our main facilities, and is under the care of Rachel Gardner, DVM, DACVIM and her team of veterinarians and technicians. The index horse has no history of recent travel therefore no other horses in the area are expected to be at increased risk at this time. The potentially exposed horses have been transported via closed commercial carrier to a separate quarantine facility and will continue to be cared for by B.W. Furlong & Associates veterinarians and technicians. The established quarantine area has been reviewed by the state veterinarians and they have confirmed that it exceeds expectations put forth by the Department of Agriculture.
All of our affected clients have been notified of the situation and we will continue to maintain contact. We anticipate being able to resume normal business hours as of Saturday, April 8 without state restrictions on the main facility. It is our intention to exceed the state’s recommended biosecurity protocols, therefore we have increased biosecurity measures at all of our locations. The quarantine is not imposed on Equine MRI of NJ or Furlong’s Soundness Center and our ambulatory veterinary services are continuing without restriction.
We will continue providing exceptional care to our clients and patients and will provide any additional information as we resolve the situation.
More information can be found on the American Association of Equine Practitioners website, here, and the memo from the Department of Agriculture can be found here. Should you have further questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact your B.W. Furlong & Associates veterinarian or Dr. Gardner at (908) 439-2821.