Update on Hoosier Park Equine Infectious Disease Outbreak

The Associated Press today (Oct. 8) reported that 54 quarantined horses are being removed from the Hoosier Park racetrack in central Indiana after two other horses tested positive for Streptococcus equi (the bacterium that causes the disease strangles). On Oct. 1 Hoosier Park Racing & Casino detected two horses in the quarantine barn exhibiting fever, so as a precautionary

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The Associated Press today (Oct. 8) reported that 54 quarantined horses are being removed from the Hoosier Park racetrack in central Indiana after two other horses tested positive for Streptococcus equi (the bacterium that causes the disease strangles). On Oct. 1 Hoosier Park Racing & Casino detected two horses in the quarantine barn exhibiting fever, so as a precautionary measure, both horses were removed from the grounds and shipped to a secondary quarantine facility per recommendation of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.

Hoosier Park officials had placed the 54 horses in quarantine at the racetrack on Sept. 12 after one Thoroughbred at the stable began exhibiting signs of equine strangles, a bacterial disease common in horses that can be life-threatening

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Kimberly S. Brown is the editor of EquiManagement/EquiManagement.com and the group publisher of the Equine Health Network at Equine Network LLC.

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