In response to concerns from residents and potential Mule Days contestants regarding recent reports of EHV-1 virus, Mule Days officials released this statement.
â€œThe EHV-1 virus has the potential to be deadly to equines if it is left untreated or ignored.
According to the Department of Food and Agriculture, â€˜The EHV-1 organism spreads quickly from horse to horse and the neurologic form of the virus can reach high morbidity and mortality rates.â€™
A recent outbreak of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy, or EHV-1, in at least six Western states, including California, is causing concern among Mule Days contestants and organizers.
There have been 10 reported cases of the virus in California, but no reports have come from Inyo or Mono counties.
Despite the widespread concern, officials at Mule Days have no plans to cancel the world-famous event, slated to enter its 42nd year May 24-29.