Kentucky EHV Update: No New Cases Confirmed

The two horses at Turfway Park that tested positive for EHV earlier in the week have been isolated at a private facility.
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Kentucky animal health officials reported that no new cases of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) have been confirmed at Turfway Park, in Florence.

In a Feb. 7 update, E.S. Rusty Ford, equine operations consultant for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Office of the State Veterinarian, said, “The horses that had moved from the quarantine barn prior to restrictions being implemented have all been sampled and testing completed. Each horse has been reported negative by PCR on both nasal swabs and whole blood.”

Still, he noted, those animals remain in isolation.

“There have been no fevers or other evidence of illness reported in the quarantined barn and going through the barn this evening, I did observe the population as being bright, alert, and eating,” Ford added

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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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