EHV Quarantine Lifted at Delaware Training Barn

Delaware state officials lifted the quarantine for one of the two barns connected to a fatal case of EHV-1.
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Delaware state officials lifted the quarantine for one of the two barns connected to a fatal case of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), according to StandardbredCanada.ca. On Dec. 31, Bob Moore, the Delaware Department of Agriculture animal health inspector and supervisor, lifted the quarantine for the Dovington Training Center which was the site of the confirmed EHV-1 case.

Heather Hirst, DVM, MS, Delaware State Veterinarian, announced Dec. 8 that PCR test results from the University of Kentucky confirm that a Standardbred horse at the facility tested positive for EHV-1. The horse had to be euthanized because of the severity of its condition.

In a press release Hirst said, “I want to commend the practicing veterinarians of Delaware, the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association, the Delaware Equine Council, and Dover Downs for their efforts in providing open communication during the EHV event.” 

Janice Sosnowski, DVM, of Delmarva Equine Clinic organized two meetings in December with the help of Dover Downs management. The first meeting was for veterinarians and track officials, and Amy Johnson, DVM, of New Bolton Center was invited to speak to the group about EHV-1. The second meeting was for horsemen, and its intent was to describe best management practices for controlling the spread of EHV-1 in Delaware. Approximately 50 horsemen attended, and detailed handouts were provided describing biosecurity protocols

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