EHV-1 – Disinfection 101

Tanis MacDonald, DVM

Tanis MacDonald, DVM mantains a blog that is both well-written and informative  and we are excited to be featuring many of her articles on our Horse Health section in the weeks and months to come.  She has a natural ability to take a seemingly complicated topic and break it down into easy to understand pieces suitable for equine enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels.  Today's article is Part Three of a series of posts in relation to the EHV-1 Virus so be sure to check back often!!

Part Three - I am getting a ton of questions concerning disinfection procedures for the EHV-1 virus. People want to know how and what to use in their barns, trailers, equipment, etc to kill the virus.

For such a contagious virus, EHV-1 is actually easily killed on surfaces by common disinfectants. The most common choices are household bleach, Nolvasan or iodine. There are others out there as well, but these are the most commonly available and easily accessed.

The most common disinfectant to use is diluted bleach. Mixing 1 part bleach to 9 or 10 parts water will make a solution that will kill EHV-1. Spray it liberally over stall walls, trailers, buckets, etc and allow it to DRY completely. If it is a bucket or other item that needs rinsed before it is used, you can do so after the dilute bleach solution has dried on the item.

You can also spray diluted bleach on dirt floors in stalls. One caveat - be careful of the mixing of bleach with urine in stalls – the chlorine-ammonia reaction can make some noxious fumes that are dangerous to horses and humans. Please use the utmost care if you are spraying bleach in areas where horses have urinated.

For an example, add 3 ounces of bleach to a 32 ounce sprayer and fill the rest with water. Spray surfaces and allow to dry.

If you need to use a disinfectant that is not going to ruin/bleach something, Nolvasan (chlorhexidine) solution is a good choice. Again, dilute according to the bottle directions and spray liberally and allow to dry. You can also add some to your laundry if you are washing human or horse clothes. Washing laundry in hot water and regular laundry soap is enough to kill the EHV-1 virus, however.

Nolvasan is also good for things like spraying farrier tools between appointments, spraying down tires on vehicles before leaving a farm, etc.

You want to buy Nolvasan or chlorhexidine SOLUTION and not scrub (which contains soap) for this. Not that scrub won’t work, you just really don’t need the soap.

Iodine will work too – again the solution version, not the scrub with soap. Dilute with water to the color of weak iced tea, and spray liberally on surfaces. Iodine is more likely to stain everything it contacts yellow, so is a good choice for things like dirt surfaces or as a boot dip.

For people, alcohol based hand santitizers will kill EHV-1. I would suggest anyone coming into your horse property at least use hand sanitizer before and after they visit with horses to help prevent the spread. Normal showering with hot water and soap will kill the virus as well.

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World Equestrian Games

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:23
FEI Communications
Italy’s Sara Morganti has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s best female Allianz Athlete of the Month for August following her incredible performance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA).
 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:36
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:20
Alltech Media
[CAEN, France] – After a successful 15 days of competition and celebration, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy have come to a close this evening with a farewell ceremony in the Michel d’Ornano Stadium in Caen. A cast of close to 2,000 of the world’s best equine and human athletes, more than 570,000 on-site spectators and 3,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:18
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Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:54
FEI Press Release
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Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:47
Louise Parkes
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Wellness

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Show Jumping

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 10:23
FEI World Cup Finals Las Vegas
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Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 10:07
FEI World Cup Finals Las Vegas
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Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 09:56
Louise Parkes, FEI Communications
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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 11:14
Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc.
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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 11:07
USEF Communications Department
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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 10:52
Louise Parkes, FEI Communications
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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 10:46
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Reining and Western Riding

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FEI World Cup Finals Las Vegas
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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 11:24
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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 17:28
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Eventing

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:31
Equine Canada
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 11:43
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 11:00
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 13:17
Samantha Clark
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 09:30
Leslie Threlkeld for Eventing Nation
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Monday, April 13, 2015 - 21:20
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Monday, April 13, 2015 - 20:59
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Driving

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 10:39
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 23:18
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:48
Andy Marcoux, Coachman's Delight, Inc.
I've been working hard, test driving, and developing lesson plans for this week's class "Improving Transitions." I spend a bunch of time focusing on this in my teaching and training with my students at home. Of course, like you, I kind of have been folding them into my training as part of something else that we're working on. It's easy to forget...
Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 08:55
It may no longer be the Year of the Horse, but it was a big season for ponies at the 2015 Live Oak International. The March 18-22 show, hosted at the Ocala, Florida equestrian estate of 11-time USEF National Four-in-Hand Horse champion Chester Weber, presented United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Championships for Single, Pair, and...
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 14:57
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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 07:49
Leah Oliveto
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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 07:40
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