OZONE PARK, NY — Officials at the New York Racing Association and New York State Gaming Commission have placed Barn 10 at Belmont Park under quarantine after a suspected case of equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM) developed in that barn. The quarantine is effective immediately.
The affected horse, a 4-year-old filly trained by Tom Albertrani, developed a fever on Feb. 12 and started treatment under the care of a private veterinarian. On Feb. 15, in the evening, the filly began exhibiting clear neurologic symptoms.
At 7 p.m. on Feb. 15, and in consultation with the New York State Gaming Commission, Dr. Anthony Verderosa, Director of NYRA's Veterinary Department, placed Barn 10 at Belmont Park under a 21-day quarantine. All standard precautions and biosecurity measures are now in place.
At this time, no other horses in the quarantined barn have developed fever or exhibited symptoms.
All 21 horses stabled in Barn 10 will be monitored daily for fever and other signs of illness. During the quarantine period, these horses will not be permitted to run or enter races. They will have isolated training hours following the normal closure of the training track at 10 a.m.
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