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Update on Equine Herpes Quarantine at Turfway Park

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 12:00 AM
  • General
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 10, 2005 . . .Turfway Park officials, representatives from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) Veterinarian, met Tuesday afternoon at Turfway Park to provide a current status of equine herpes (EVH-1) at Turfway Park.

Barns 26 and 27 remain quarantined. Horses in those two barns continue to be tested at regular intervals, approximately every 7 days. A horse testing positive confirms that the individual has been exposed to the virus, but does not confirm the manifestation of the disease.

As of Saturday morning, January 7th, there were 6 positive tests in Barn 26, with no horses showing any clinical signs of EVH-1 which would include, but not be limited to fever, ataxia, or other neurological disorders. Within Barn 26, 15 horses who had previously tested positive, demonstrated a negative test when results were provided on Saturday. The entire population of horses in Barn 26 will be tested again on Wednesday, January 11th with results available within 72 hours.

Horses in Barn 27 are being tested today, January 10th, with results expected within 72 hours. No horses currently stabled in Barn 27 exhibit any clinical signs of EVH-1.

Horses that were housed in either the Pony Barn or the Outrider Barn, and who were potentially exposed to positive horses, have been removed from the Turfway Park grounds and are currently quarantined at the Boone County Fairgrounds. The horses quarantined at Boone County Fairgrounds are scheduled to be tested today, with no horses exhibiting any clinical signs of EVH-1. The results of these tests will be available within 72 hours.

Kentucky Department of Agriculture officials, as well as the State Veterinarian of the KHRA have given Turfway Park officials assurance that the protocols and testing regimen implemented have proven their effectiveness in minimizing the spread of the virus. Further, based on the information available at the Tuesday afternoon meeting, they believe horses on the Turfway Park grounds, and those shipping in to race, should have minimal risk of exposure in participating in regularly scheduled training and racing.

Turfway Park is scheduled to run at 5:30 p.m. each weekday, and 1:10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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