Outbreak is a term used in epidemiology to describe an occurrence of disease when it is greater than would otherwise be expected. For some diseases a single case could meet the criteria for an outbreak, such as a highly infectious disease such as equine herpes or a disease not previously recognized in the United States. Evidence of disease spread and a horse population at risk is needed to confirm an outbreak.
This link is used to list all current outbreaks or diseases with the potential to affect populations of horses. It is designed to communicate information to all segments of the horse industry e.g. from the horse owner to the regulatory authorities and make everyone aware of disease outbreak status. Confirmed information from equine owners, event organizers, State Animal Health Officials and USDA-APHIS-VS will be posted with the current the status of the outbreak. The goal is to reduce disease spread and assure business continuity while still containing the disease. EDCC will actively track disease outbreaks and make continual updates with confirmed information on this webpage.
Updates on current disease outbreaks are listed as they occur and will include the date listed, disease name, location and current status. Specific premises will not be named but the general location by town, county and state will be listed. When locations, events or horses are at risk they will be listed. Updates will be posted as they are received.