The following information is an EHV-1 update from Rusty Ford, Equine Programs Manager, Kentucky State Veterinarian’s office, as of February 10, 2017, at 2:35 p.m. Eastern.
Results of testing from the population of horses in the quarantined barn have been reported, and with it having been greater than 14 days since the population was last exposed, the quarantine is released and horses in the barn are under no further restrictions.
With this barn now released, there are no racing or training facilities in Kentucky under quarantine for EHV1.
Previously positive horses do remain under regulatory monitoring and remain quarantined in secured isolated areas.
We appreciate the commitment, and cooperation of Kentucky’s horsemen, track managers, racing officials, veterinarians and all others who worked to resolve these events.
Racing at Turfway continues uninterrupted. Trainers shipping in to race or train will continue to be assigned stabling in the receiving barns unless the individual trainer has stalls permanently assigned on the backside. All horses entering the stabling area are required to present valid certificates (EIA and CVI) qualifying the horse’s entry onto the backside. The CVI must include statements that demonstrate a valid vaccination history.
Horses with history of having been at Fair Grounds in Louisiana (or other Louisiana facility where EHV-1 has been diagnosed): We continue to disallow these horses entry onto a KYentucky race track or their associated training facilities without meeting defined requirements. These requirements can be viewed on our web page at www.kyagr.com/statevet, following the link to the EHV updates and protocols
Keeneland’s Training Center
Keeneland’s barn on Rice Road that has remained under quarantine is today released from the quarantine and all associated restrictions.
Testing of this barn’s population of horses that had been exposed to EHV-1 was completed today (2/10/2017) with each horse testing negative on both nasal swabs and whole blood. Having been greater than 14 days post exposure and each horse now having two negative sets of results, the Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian has released the quarantine imposed on January 22, 2017 and horses from this barn are under no further restrictions.
With this release, we have no barns at the training center under quarantine or restriction. Previous positive horses do remain under regulatory monitoring and are quarantined at a secured segregated area off the site and will remain so until they too are confirmed negative by PCR testing.
The KY State Veterinarian’s Web Page www.kyagr.com/statevet will continue to be updated.