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While I wish this was a cool invitation to some mass trail ride or something equally as cool - it's not.

Sadly enough our state is in fact being taken over by a killer we have no vaccine for.

The new strain of Rhino-Herpes virus is an epidemic we can't control. And from what I've found out by called the local CDC (Center for Disease Control) as well as my local health commissioner and animal care & control - they have no plans to shutting down the palm beach county border, setting up a county wide quarantine or even shutting down the border to our state so that this disease can't escape by trailer to some other state with an infected horse on board trying to escape this plague.

Unfortunately this is a HIGHLY contagious disease. It has a 35 foot radius on a sneeze. If it's in your barn - it's in your barn. There's nothing you can do to stop or prevent it. There's no known cure.

So far only sunlight and detergent stops it from multiplying & moving. It kills it. But - like I said. If it's in your barn, your horses have it.

It has a 21 day incubation period - the first sign is a fever spike and it goes downhill from there straight on into neuroligal signs leading up to full rectal paralyses.

Unfortunately over 80% of the carriers are non-symptomatic hosts that just shed the disease. It came from Europe thanks to Warmbloods being shipped from there to Wellington, Florida for the winter show season.

Thank you retards for not quarantining your uber speshul jumping, dancing, million dollar, holier then thou horses correctly.

4 horses have died. There are 21 suspect cases as of two nights ago. They are not CONFIRMED. Only the 4 deaths are CONFIRMED cases of this outbreak. 3 in Wellington, 1 in Jupiter. There have been a total of 8 deaths, the other 4 are under investiagtion.

Wellington, Fl is under a quarantine. Vets & farriers aren't allowed to operate outside that city. But unfortunately this has spread to Jupiter, Fl which is a good 40 minutes away... & they aren't sure how that happened.

All we can do now is hope and pray these retards get this under control before it infects and wipes out more horses.

Like I stated - there is no cure. There's no anti-biotic or vaccine that can even TOUCH this virus.

& for me? I live maybe 15 minutes outside of Wellington. I have 2 horses. I board, train, & ride at a facility that has a grand total of 18 horses. 1 of which was just taken in from New York.

Stupid move.

He started sneezing & coughing today - but has no fever. So we're hopeful.

Just.... Pray for us. Please.


That is the only advice vets in the area can give.

Suspect cases HAVE been found as far north as Ocala.


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