The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) offers alerts about equine diseases that have been confirmed by reliable sources. The following information is from the EDCC. The following reports are in chronological order from most recent to oldest from previous reports.
California Quarantine Violator will be "Pursued"
On November 25, 2016, an owner who violated quarantine at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center with a confirmed febrile EHM horse, trailered the horse to an offsite premises. A quarantine was issued for this confirmed positive EHM horse, and this quarantine violation will be pursued to the full extent of our quarantine authority laws.
A febrile horse from one of the quarantined barns in the LAEC was moved to isolation Wednesday evening. Nasal swab and blood diagnostic samples were taken and sent to CAHFS laboratory—results are expected on November 26.
Quarantined isolation is now home to nine horses, and eight of the nine are confirmed PCR test negative on nasal swab and blood testing.
Enhanced biosecurity measures are in place in all barns under quarantine and all horses’ temperatures continue to be monitored twice daily. CDFA staff continue to provide oversight in working closely with management, trainers and owners at LAEC. The updates on this EHV-1 incident will continue on a 48 hour basis. The quarantine release date will be re-evaluated based on pending test results of the most recent febrile horse at LAEC.
The Equine Disease Communication Center works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious diseases in North America. The communication system is designed to seek and report real time information about disease outbreaks similar to how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerts the human population about diseases in people.
The goal of the EDCC is to alert the horse industry about disease outbreak information to help mitigate and prevent the spread of disease. Ultimately frequent and accurate information about diseases outbreaks improves horse welfare and helps to prevent negative economic impact that can result from decreased horse use due to a fear of spreading infection. As part of the National Equine Health Plan the EDCC will serve as part of the communication to help educate and promote research about endemic and foreign disease.
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