Sick Horse in Ocala Confirmed Positive for EHV-1

Test results have confirmed that a sick racehorse in Ocala, Fla., has equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), and an additional horse in Jupiter, Fla., is showing neurologic signs, according to <A

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Test results have confirmed that a sick racehorse in Ocala, Fla., has equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), and an additional horse in Jupiter, Fla., is showing neurologic signs, according to The South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Liz Compton, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, told The Sun-Sentinel the Ocala horse is isolated from other animals. Compton said the horse was at an equine clinic in Wellington Dec. 1-2 for treatment of a skin disorder. At the clinic, the horse came in close contact with the horse now believed to be the index case for the current outbreak.

Compton said the horse looked fine when it was loaded on the trailer to make the trip back to Ocala from the clinic, but it looked sick by the time it arrived. The horse was isolated once it arrived in Ocala.

“There was good biosecurity,” Compton told The Sun-Sentinel. “It never had contact with the horses in Ocala.”

A horse at Jupiter Farms (about 30 miles from Wellington) is showing neurologic signs consistent with EHV-1. Scott Swerdlin, DVM, MRCVS, a veterinarian with the Palm Beach Equine Clinic in Wellington, told The Sun-Sentinel the route of transmission to this horse is unknown at this time, as the horse did not come in contact with any horses from Wellington.



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Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care.

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