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Thursday, January 19, 2006 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 19, 2006 . . . The quarantine of Barn 26 at Turfway Park was lifted Thursday by Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout. The barn had been under quarantine since December 22, 2005, following an outbreak of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1). The quarantine order was rescinded after tests submitted last week from horses stabled in the barn returned negative results for the virus. The samples were tested at the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center.
According to a statement by the Office of the State Veterinarian, the “negative results, supported with information that no clinical evidence of disease has been suggested within this group of animals or barn during the previous 26 day period, and with an assessment of the barn's population completed last night finding no abnormalities provides us the opportunity to conclude these animals are not affected with an active equine herpesvirus infection.”
The 48 horses stabled in Barn 26 will resume training with the general population on Friday, January 20.
Horses stabled in Barn 27 remain under quarantine and will be tested again after racing concludes on Sunday, January 22. Lead and outrider ponies that were moved to the Boone County Fair Grounds remain at that location and will be inspected and sampled on Thursday, January 19.
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