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Equine Herpes Virus Statuses Updated In Pennsylvania

Equine Herpes Virus Outbreaks Credits: MyHorseUniversity

Quarantines continue at the Meadows Racetrack in western Pennsylvania, while back east, New Bolton Center is returning to normal operations after horses tested positive for the EHV-1 virus.

According to the Equine Disease Communications Center:

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture veterinarians have now posted official quarantines for seven barns at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County.

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As of Feb. 7, two cases of EHM, the neurological form of the disease and four additional confirmed EHV-1 positive, but not neurological cases have been identified at The Meadows. The initial quarantine was posted on Jan. 22 for a suspected case of EHM that was taken from The Meadows to the Ohio State University for treatment. That case was confirmed EHV-1 positive on Jan. 22.

The most recent quarantine at The Meadows was posted on Feb. 3. Biosecurity has been implemented in all barns and anywhere that people comingle. The track has suspended racing, but continues to evaluate the status of new cases and racing options.

The stable gates have been closed since the first official quarantines were posted.

Meanwhile, the official quarantines imposed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on two barns at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., have been lifted effective Feb. 3, 2018.

A self-imposed quarantine, approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, remains in effect on three horses that previously tested positive for EHV-1. These horses have remained stalled in an on-site isolation facility with dedicated staff that is entirely separate from personnel handling other horses. Those horses are now being retested for the virus.

New Bolton Center has resumed normal operations and is currently admitting all equine elective and emergency patients with minimal restrictions.

Additionally, all elective and emergency camelid cases are being admitted. All cows, goats, sheep, or pig patients continue to be admitted to the hospital. Field Service operations remain unaffected and the Center will continue to receive appointments for non-equine animals. Reproductive services at the Hofmann Center are fully operational.

Over the past two weeks, PDA has been able to revoke quarantines on all but two premises that had horses that may have been exposed to the initial sick horse. Retesting will begin on or after Feb. 12. No EHM cases have been identified at any of the trace premises.

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