EHV Confirmed in Horse Previously Stabled at Turfway Park

A Thoroughbred filly is isolated at a private farm while one barn at the Kentucky track is currently quarantined.

The Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office has placed a barn at Turfway Park, in Florence, under quarantine after a horse previously stabled there tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), the office announced on Jan. 21.

“The horse, a 2014 Thoroughbred filly, had been stabled in the barn at Turfway from Oct. 30, 2016, through Jan. 19, 2017,” said E.S. “Rusty” Ford, equine programs manager for Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, in a written statement. “The sample, a nasal swab, was collected as the filly was being moved to a private facility to prepare for breeding in 2017. The filly is currently in isolation offsite on a private farm.”

In response, the State Veterinarian’s Office issued a directive on Jan. 20, that horses in the affected barn be confined to the barn, and an official order of quarantine was issued on the morning of Jan. 21.

“Security is in place, with only essential personnel granted access to the barn and caution being taken on exit to ensure sanitation,” Ford’s statement said. “Results of (further) testing are expected to be available Monday evening, Jan. 23. In the interim, horses are confined to the barn. After the risk is better defined, the (State Veterinarian’s) Office will develop schedules to allow eligible horses in the barn to work on the track outside normal training hours after all other horses have returned to their

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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