A possible equine herpesvirus (EHV) outbreak has prompted quarantine measures to be implemented at Beulah Park in Ohio.

Beulah Park, located near Columbus, is closed for live racing until Jan. 8, but horses stabled at the track regularly ship to other tracks. Some of these tracks, including Charles Town Races in Charles Town, W.Va., and Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa., have placed restrictions on Beulah Park shippers pending the outcome of the tests.

The 2010 meet at Beulah Park ended Dec. 22. Many horses ship back and forth between Beulah Park and Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., which restricted shippers from the Ohio track effective Dec. 24 after rumors of sick horses surfaced.

Turfway president Bob Elliston said that horses stabled at Turfway shipped to Beulah Park won't be permitted to re-enter the Kentucky track grounds until the situation is resolved.

Chris McErlean, vice president of racing at Penn National Gaming, Inc., the company that owns and operates Beulah Park,said Dec. 31 tests thus far have been negative but Ohio State Racing Comission veterinarians will make the final determination as to what further action is needed, possibly by the weekend of Jan. 1-2.

No further details were available.

EHV is a highly contagious virus that can cause a variety of ailments in horses including rhinopneumonitis (a respiratory disease mostly of young horses), abortion in broodmares, and myeloencephalopathy (the neurologic form, which can lead to death).


Originally posted on BloodHorse.com.