Background: The herpes virus in the horse makes up a portion of the respiratory complex of viral agents and is responsible for a large number of respiratory infections. The neurologic form appears to occurring with more frequency, and can result in death.
Symptoms: Usually include a fever, nasal discharge, with or without ocular discharge, malaise, cough and swollen lymph nodes. In many cases the signs are mild and self-limiting. The herpes complex is also responsible for a late abortion.
Diagnostics: A rising titer in paired samples can confirm an active infection.
Special Notes: Crowding and unsanitary conditions are conducive to spread of herpes as well as any decrease in normal immune function.
Principles for Supplementation: Natural support helps remove the virus and enhance the health of the immune system.