Equine Herpesvirus

One Gulfstream Barn Remains Quarantined After EHV Outbreak

After a thorough inspection of the barn area at Gulfstream Park, Florida state veterinary officials on Tuesday ruled that a minimum 21-day quarantine will be in place for a single barn after a horse tested positive for the Equine Herpesvirus (EHV) over the weekend. The quarantine applies to Barn 21 only and during this period, all affected horses will receive daily veterinary inspection and will not be permitted to race. Horses shipping in during the quarantine period, including those for Saturday's GI Pegasus World Cup, will be exclusively stabled at...

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Blea on Del Mar's Churchill Shippers, Wakanaka Scratched from Matriarch

In the midst of the Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) outbreak at Churchill Downs, Del Mar had accepted three shippers from the Louisville track Tuesday, Nov. 29, the same day a horse at Churchill first showed symptoms of the contagious disease. One of the horses, Bill Mott's MGSW Wakanaka (Ire) (Power {GB}), had a suspicious test and will not be permitted to start in Sunday's GI Matriarch S. She was 5-1 on the morning line. Dr. Jeff Blea, the equine medical director for the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), released the following...

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McPeek Contests Decision to Deny His Entries

When his barn at Saratoga was placed under quarantine due to an outbreak of Equine Herpesvirus, trainer Ken McPeek assumed his horses would be allowed to race starting Aug.1, the day the quarantine was due to be lifted. Instead, none of his entries for the Aug. 1, 4 and 5 cards were accepted because, McPeek was told, the horses were still under quarantine at the time entries were taken. While it is too late to get his horses entered into the upcoming cards in question, McPeek, through his attorney Drew...

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Laurel Cancels Weekend Racing Due to EHV-1, Racing Suspended Through Apr. 4

Laurel Park canceled racing for Friday, Saturday and Sunday after the Maryland Jockey Club was informed Thursday evening by Maryland State Veterinarian Dr. Michael Odian that a horse at Pimlico has tested positive for the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). The horse had been isolated for 72 hours prior to the positive test. In a statement issued by the Maryland Jockey Club Friday afternoon, the suspension of live racing at Laurel Park has now been extended through Apr. 4. The news would have impacted fields for the races which were already set...

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Coolmore Secures EHV Vaccines For Ireland

Ten thousand vaccine doses to protect horses against the potentially fatal equine herpes virus (EHV) have been secured for Ireland, with the first portion of the shipment arriving on Thursday. The order of the vaccine follows a recent outbreak of EHV at a high-profile showjumping event in Valencia, Spain. There is concern that Irish horses competing on the continent could potentially bring the virus into the country. The virus can spread quickly and is hard to cure, but vaccination can provide significant protection. The shipment of the urgently needed vaccine...

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Laurel Locks Down Over EHV-1; Kentucky Urges Caution On Ship-Ins

Four barns at Laurel Park were placed under quarantine and shipping out was barred for horses stabled at Maryland's two Thoroughbred tracks Mar. 9 after a symptomatic horse at Laurel tested positive for equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and was removed to a veterinary facility. On a national scale, active cases of the highly contagious respiratory disease are being monitored in several states right now, including in Florida at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala. On Mar. 7, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture state veterinarian's office issued written guidance related...

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Precautionary Quarantine of Barn 37 at Belmont Lifted

Officials at the New York Racing Association and New York State Gaming Commission have removed the precautionary quarantine placed on Barn 37 at Belmont Park after test results for a horse with a suspected case of Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) came back negative. Freudnme (Freud), a 4-year-old colt trained by Chris Englehart, exhibited fever and neurological symptoms Saturday morning, which triggered a precautionary quarantine of all 37 horses stabled in Barn 37 at Belmont. In addition, heightened biosecurity measures were immediately implemented throughout the barn and all horses were monitored for...

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Belmont Barn 37 Under Precautionary Quarantine

Officials at the New York Racing Association and New York State Gaming Commission have placed Barn 37 at Belmont Park under a precautionary quarantine after a suspected case of Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) developed in that barn. Freudnme (Freud), a 4-year-old colt trained by Chris Englehart, exhibited fever and neurological symptoms Saturday morning and has started treatment under the care of a private veterinarian. H. last raced at Finger Lakes June 24, Overseen by Dr. Anthony Verderosa, Director of NYRA's Veterinary Department, and in consultation with the NYSGC, the quarantine of...

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Twenty Confirmed Cases of EHV-1, One Death Now Reported at Woodbine

Twenty horses on the Woodbine backstretch have now tested positive for the equine herpesvirus EHV-1 and one has died from the infectious disease, according to a release from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Sunday, it was reported that two horses residing in Barn 12 had tested positive for the neurotopic strain of EHV-1, and the AGCO reported that all 59 horses in that barn have now been tested. "The affected horses are in isolation or have been sent to the Ontario Veterinary College for treatment," the AGCO said....

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Report: Two Horses at Woodbine Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus

Two horses at Woodbine have tested positive for equine herpesvirus EHV-1, according to a report on CanadianThoroughbred.com. The two reportedly came from Barn 12 on the track's backstretch and are currently being cared for at the University of Guelph in Ontario. The news comes shortly after Woodbine was given the green light to reopen for racing June 6. "This will be an evolving situation, and we will keep [horsepeople] updated with information as it is known," Jessica Buckley, Woodbine Entertainment's senior vice president of racing, told CanadianThoroughbred.com's Jennifer Morrison. "This...

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