Horse Health & Wellness

EHV-1 Quarantine Lifted At Belmont Park

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ELMONT, N.Y — Officials at the New York Racing Association, the New York State Veterinarian, and the New York State Gaming Commission have removed the quarantine on Barn 10 at Belmont Park, effective immediately, following the conclusion of the 21-day quarantine period.

Overseen by Dr. Anthony Verderosa, Director of NYRA's Veterinary Department, and in consultation with the State Veterinarian, Dr. David Smith, DVM, the quarantine was put in place following a suspect case of equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM) on Thursday, Feb. 15.

The EHM case was later confirmed through nasal swab, blood testing, and necropsy on a 4-year-old filly who had begun exhibiting neurologic symptoms late that day. The filly, trained by Tom Albertrani, was euthanized Friday, Feb. 16, after her condition continued to deteriorate.

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All 20 horses in Barn 10 were monitored daily for fever and other signs of illness throughout the 21-day quarantine. No other horses showed any symptoms of the disease.

Horses stabled in Barn 10 are now able to run in races, as well as train among the general horse population during regular training hours.

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