EHV-1 Quarantine at Fonner Park Lifted

Three cases of neurologic EHV-1 were confirmed at the Nebraska racetrack in April.

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Nebraska State Veterinarian Dennis Hughes, DVM, has released the quarantine issued for Fonner Park, in Grand Island, after  three cases of equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM, the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1 or EHV-1) were confirmed in racehorses there last month.

“The horses at Fonner Park were quarantined for 21 days where they were monitored closely,” Hughes said. “During that time, no further cases were confirmed so the quarantine has been lifted

“We continue to ask horse owners and facility managers to take precautions to prevent the spread of the disease by remaining vigilant and following  strict biosecurity measures,” he added.

Herpesvirus is highly contagious among horses and can cause a variety of ailments in equids, including rhinopneumonitis (a respiratory disease usually found in young horses), abortion in broodmares, and myeloencephalopathy. In many horses, fever is the only sign of EHV-1 infection, which can go undetected

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