EHV-1 Quarantine at Howard County Horse Farm Lifted

Two horses stabled at the Maryland facility tested positive for non-neuropathogenic EHV-1 on.April 19.

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The Maryland State Veterinarian’s office has lifted its 30-day quarantine of a Howard County farm affected by the equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

There have been no new cases of EHV-1 since April 19, when two horses stabled at the facility tested positive for the non-neuropathogenic strain of the virus. There have been no other reports of the disease in Maryland.

The farm’s attending veterinarian and animal health inspectors from the Maryland Department of Agriculture closely monitored all horses on the premises. The quarantined farm also took additional measures to prevent the spread of EHV-1 by enacting strict biosecurity protocols, helping to ensure that no visitors or vendors carried the disease to other farms.

“We believe the virus has been contained, and there is no longer a need to keep the affected farm under quarantine,” said state veterinarian Michael Radebaugh, VMD. “There have been no additional reports of EHV-1 in Maryland. Horse owners are safe to move their animals freely throughout the state

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