California Riding Magazine • July, 2011

EHV-1 Outbreak
Equine supplement with anti-viral properties may offer protection.

In the wake of this summer's EHV-1 outbreak, (California Riding Magazine, June 2011), horse owners have been advised to help their horses maintain a strong immune system and pre-treat their horses with supplements known to have anti-viral properties. One such supplement that covers both areas and is relatively new to the horse world is Resvantage Equine with resveratrol. The product's manufacturer, Advantage Biosciences, is the pioneer in resveratrol supplementation for people and companion animals and Resvantage Equine is their most recent product introduction.

The National Institute of Health reports, "Extensive research on resveratrol has been carried out demonstrating its capacity to control viral infections. The data suggests that it acts by hindering the synthesis of the viral progeny DNA in the infected cell."

Horse owners should consider pre-treating their horses with this anti-viral compound for protection both at home and while participating in competitive events this summer. "There are several other benefits of resveratrol supplementation such as its use as an anti-inflammatory, but EVH-1 seems to be the hot topic right now and the one being treated with a sense of urgency," notes John Park, Jr. of Advantage Biosciences. "As such we've had a heightened level of interest for the supplement since the virus broke out."

The outbreak of equine herpesvirus-1 seems to be on the wane. The Department of Agriculture listed no new cases as of mid-June. The outbreak began at a cutting horse competition in Ogden, Utah in early May and since that time at least 88 animals have been infected in 10 states including 12 that were euthanized when the virus attacked their nervous systems.

Specialists treating some infected animals suggest that owners become more aware of how to protect their horses. In addition to supplementation that promotes anti-viral activity, other precautions include disinfecting stalls, barring the public from petting one animal after another with unwashed hands and breaking up road trips on long hauls to reduce stress.

Excerpted from a press release.