Woodbine EHV-1: All Restrictions Lifted

All EHV-1 related restrictions placed on horses stabled in Barn 1 at Woodbine have been lifted.
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The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) Manager of Veterinary Services Adam Chambers, BVMS, announced June 26 that all restrictions placed on horses stabled in Barn 1 at Woodbine Racetrack, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, have been lifted, and all horses stabled at the track are now permitted to leave the grounds.

On June 12, the ORC announced that five horses residing in Barn 1 at the Toronto, Ontario, racetrack had tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). In a notice to the industry, the ORC reported that one horse was euthanized on June 10 after becoming recumbent with a fever. A second horse in the same barn also had a fever and showed neurologic signs; that horse was transported to the Ontario Veterinary College for evaluation and treatment, the notice said.

Subsequently, the ORC implemented biosecurity protocol that prevented horses residing in Barns 1 and 3 from leaving their barns and any horse from leaving the premises without ORC permission.

On June 19, the ORC lifted the restrictions placed on horses residing in Barn 3 after all the animals tested negative for EHV-1 on two occasions. In a June 19 notice to the industry Chambers said, "While no horse in Barn 3 had at any time tested positive for EHV-1, the restrictions were initiated as a pony with direct contact with horses in Barn 1 was stabled in Barn 3

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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