A horse with neurological signs was reported by a private veterinary practitioner at Gulfstream Park, in Broward County, on November 8, 2016. The horse subsequently tested positive for the equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), wild type strain. The horse became neurologic on November 6 and died of natural causes later the same day. Currently, no other horses at Gulfstream have presented with clinical signs consistent with EHV-1 infection.
The Division of Animal Industry is continuing their disease investigation and is requiring enhanced biosecurity measures for all barns on the premises. Additionally, all horses on the facility are required to be monitored for neurologic signs and have temperatures taken twice daily. All horses with temperatures greater than 101.5 are to be tested for EHV-1.
Gulfstream Park – Quarantined Farms/Premises**
**The quarantines listed above do not necessarily encompass the entire premises.
Recommendations for horses that have trained at Gulfstream Park, between the dates of November 3, 2016, to present, include close monitoring of those animals, reporting of fevers greater than 101.5 and strict bio-security measures for at least 21 days after departure from Gulfstream Park.
Additional movement requirements or restrictions have not been imposed by Florida or any other states at this time. We are advising horse owners and trainers to contact the venue of destination for any additional requirements prior to travel.