Kentucky EHV: Additional Cases Confirmed at Keeneland

Four horses at Keeneland’s Rice Road Training Center have tested positive and were placed in isolation.
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Additional horses at Keeneland Race Course’s Rice Road Training Center has tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), the State Veterinarian’s Office confirmed in an update late on Jan. 26.

“Testing of samples collected on Jan. 25 from horses in both barns (at Keeneland’s Rice Road Training Center) has been completed and … did identify a second positive horse in the first barn, bringing the total EHV-1 ‘wild strain’ positive horses in that barn to two,” said E.S. “Rusty” Ford, equine programs manager for the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office. “This most recent horse (from the first barn), a 3-year-old Thoroughbred colt was positive on nasal swab, negative on blood. The colt was moved from the barn to the secured isolation last night (Wednesday, Jan. 25).”

Also at the Rice Road Training Center, Ford said, “testing of horses in the second barn did identify three horses—all are 2-year-old Thoroughbred fillies—to be EHV-1-wild strain-positive by PCR from the nasal swabs. Testing of whole blood samples from each horse did not detect evidence of EHV-1. These additional positive horses were moved from the barn to secured isolation earlier tonight.”

Ford said both quarantined barns remain secured with high-level biosecurity protocols in place, and with access restricted to essential personnel only

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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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