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Disease Outbreak Alerts

Updates on current disease outbreaks are listed here as they occur and will include the date listed, disease name, location and current status. Specific premises will not be named but the general location by town, county and state will be listed. When locations, events or horses are at risk they will be listed. Updates will be posted as they are received.


Date Disease Location Status
February 10, 2017 Strangles Columbia County, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
On February 9, one premise in Columbia County, Florida was placed under quarantine for strangles. The index case was recently purchased from a known distributor of horses from the Bastrop, Louisiana based facility. The distributor makes requests on Facebook for places for rescued horses until permanent homes can be located. This is a spinoff from horses coming from the Bastrop Kill Pen in Louisiana. Horse owners are advised to perform due diligence before accepting any of these horses. Horses coming to Florida with strangles have recently been traced back to this distributor and have infected owner’s resident horses. This is the first case for both Columbia County and case 10 for Florida in 2017.
February 09, 2017 Strangles Bradford and Hillsborough Counties, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
On February 9, one premise in each Bradford and Hillsborough County, Florida were placed under quarantine for strangles. The index case for one quarantine was recently purchased from a facility in Bastrop, LA which continues to distribute strangles infected equines throughout the country. The other index horse’s exposure is currently under investigation. This is the first case for both Bradford and Hillsborough County and cases 8 and 9 for Florida in 2017.
February 09, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Keeneland, Lexington, KY Outbreak Update
One barn at Keeneland has been released from quarantine as of Feb 2nd after all horses in the barn tested negative on both nasal swab and whole blood . There is still one barn that remains under quarantine awaiting results.
February 09, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Turfway Park, Florence, KY Outbreak Update
Based on results of EHV1 testing by PCR conducted on the population of horses in the quarantined barn at Turfway Park, there was one result from a nasal swab that did detect EHV1 DNA at a low level. The whole blood sample from that horse was negative, and daily monitoring has been conducted with no evidence of illness detected. Quarantine and restrictions remain in place.
February 07, 2017 Strangles Marion and Palm Beach Counties, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
On February 7, one premise in each Marion and Palm Beach County, Florida were placed under quarantine for strangles. The index case for one quarantine was recently purchased at a horse sale and owners/purchasers with exposure to the clinical horse will be contacted shortly. The other index horse arrived from Massachusetts on January 15th and was asymptomatic at the time. This is the second case for both Marion and Palm Beach County and Florida’s sixth and seventh cases in 2017.
February 04, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Lexington , KY Outbreak Update
The status of Keeneland’s Rice Road Training Center is unchanged since the previous reports. The population of horses continues to be monitored daily. Sample collection and testing of the horses in each of the barns is being scheduled and planned for next week.
February 04, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Oldham, KY Quarantine Released
Testing of the horses on premises 2 in Oldham, KY has been completed.  As of 2/3/2017 all horses have had two negative test results on nasal swabs and whole blood and all are 14 days post exposure. The KY Office of State Veterinarian has released the quarantine imposed on January 11, 2017. The horses are under no further restrictions.
January 31, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Los Angeles County, CA Quarantine Released
No new cases. The last affected horse at this facility has met the negative test requirements and this facility has been released from quarantine. We no longer have any equine facilities in Los Angeles County and the State of California under quarantine for EHM.
January 30, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Los Angeles County, CA Outbreak Update
No new cases. CDFA continues to monitor the situation. There have been no additional detections since the initial cases confirmed on January 10, 2017.
January 30, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Los Angeles Equestrian Center, CA Quarantine Released
The last horse remaining in isolation has met the negative test requirements and has been released from quarantine isolation. The LA Equestrian Center quarantine has been released.