A Thoroughbred training facility in Fauquier County, Virginia, has been released from a quarantine put in place after a horse previously residing there tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in Florida.
In late February, the state veterinarian’s office at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) received notification from the Florida state veterinarian’s office that a Virginia horse recently relocated to Martin County, Florida, had tested positive for EHV-1. The index horse was placed in isolation and the Florida facility was placed under quarantine.
An investigation revealed that the index horse was shipped from the Virginia Thoroughbred training facility to Florida shortly before testing positive for EHV-1. As such, the VDACS placed that training facility has under quarantine, and all exposed horses were monitored twice daily for fever (a temperature over 101.5°F) and other clinical signs.
The Florida quarantine was released on March 16.
Also on March 16, Virginia State Veterinarian Richard Wilkes, DVM, lifted the quarantine on the Virginia facility. Since the quarantine was put in place, all exposed horses at the Virginia facility were monitored twice daily for fever and other clinical signs.
“I have lifted the quarantine,” said Wilkes, “but I do urge a