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Identifying Herpesvirus Strains That Contribute to Neurologic Disease in Horses

Equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) is a serious neurologic disease associated with equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1). Researchers will compare different strains of this virus in an effort to identify viral and cellular factors that may contribute to the development of EHM. Results will indicate why certain EHV-1 strains are more likely to cause neurologic disease than others, and ultimately, this knowledge will help researchers to develop antiviral therapies or vaccines for EHM.

Dr. Arthur R. Frampton Jr., University of North Carolina–Wilmington