EDCC Update on Fair Grounds EHM Quarantine

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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.

Update on Fair Grounds Herpesvirus Quarantine

As of December 29, 2016, Barn #14 at the Fair Grounds racetrack is under quarantine and the 46 exposed horses are being monitored with temperatures taken twice daily. Enhanced biosecurity is in place for the barn and high traffic areas at the track and an after-hours exercise program has been implemented for the quarantined horses. A quarantine-isolation facility has been readied for use if a horse spikes a fever. Trainers in other barns have been advised to voluntarily monitor their horses’ temperatures and copies of a tracking log were distributed. 

Track records show that eight horses left Barn 14 since Dec 20, 2016, when the index case became febrile and seven of those horses are still at the Fairgrounds in other barns and are being monitored. The eighth horse reportedly has left the premises and its destination is still under investigation. LDAF, USDA, and Racing Commission veterinarians, and track personnel are monitoring the incident on-site and updates will follow.

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