New York State Issues Statement on EHV-1 Quarantine in Florida Horses

The quarantine for respiratory equine herpesvirus at the Florida Winter Equestrian Festival should spark biosecurity measures for transported horses from that location.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets issued a release concerning the EHV-1 respiratory quarantine at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Palm Beach County that was issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Google Maps

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets issued a release concerning the EHV-1 respiratory quarantine at the Winter Equestrian Festival issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. (See the EquiManagement report here.) Following is that department’s statement as posted on the Equine Disease Communication Center.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Division of Animal Industry, is monitoring and aware of the EHV-1 respiratory quarantine in effect at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Tent 17 issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 

At this time, New York State does not have any EHV-1 cases or quarantines as a result of the situation at the Winter Equestrian Festival. 

Horses returning to New York are strongly advised to have a 72-hour health certificate issued by an accredited veterinarian prior to importation. Horses returning to New York should be isolated, have their temperatures taken twice daily, and be monitored for signs of respiratory illness for the next 2 weeks. This is basic biosecurity that should be implemented upon return from travel from any equine event. 

Please contact your veterinarian if your horse has a fever over 101.5, signs of respiratory illness or you have any other concerns. 

For more information about equine herpesvirus and basic biosecurity visit this information page

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