Belmont Park EHV-1 Quarantine Lifted
The equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) quarantine at Barn 44 at Belmont Park, in Elmont, New York, has been lifted after a subsequent test has come back negative on one horse that had tested positive two weeks ago, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) reported Jan. 26.
Officials at NYRA and New York State Gaming Commission have removed the quarantine, effective immediately. Horses in Barn 44 are now able to run and enter races, as well as train among the general horse population during regular training hours.
All horses in Barn 44 were monitored daily for fever and other signs of illness. No other horses showed any signs of disease.
The affected horse, an unnamed, unraced 3-year-old male, tested positive for EHV-1 on Tuesday, Jan. 9, after being sent to the nearby Cornell Ruffian Equine Hospital after developing a fever and a mild respiratory issue. Last week, follow-up testing returned a second EHV-1 positive on the same
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