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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
January 29, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses KY Information Only
For an update (January 27, 2017) on the current directive from the Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian regarding entry of horses residing at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans onto a Kentucky racetrack or their associated training facilities go to: http://www.kyagr.com/statevet/documents/OSV_EQ_17_FairGndsNOLA_Protocol_001.pdf
January 27, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Oldham County, KY Outbreak Update
Premises 2: Daily monitoring and assessment of the horses in the exposed quarantine barn continues with no evidence of further transmission of EHV1. Collection of samples (swabs and blood) from these horses has been scheduled to be completed next week to determine their eligibility to be released from restrictions.
January 27, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Oldham County, KY Quarantine Released
Premises 1: Testing of the barn’s population of horses that had been exposed to EHV1 was completed 1/25/2017; all horses tested NEG on both nasal swabs and whole blood. Having been greater than 14 days post exposure, and each horse now having two (2) negative sets (nasal and blood) of results – The Ky Office of State Veterinarian has released the quarantine imposed on January 5, 2017 and the horses are under no further restrictions.
January 27, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Turfway Park, Florence, KY Outbreak Update
The two positive horses identified and described on 1/24/17 were moved offsite and are securely isolated on a private farm. Monitoring of the general population continues with no evidence of further cases developing. The previously established and described protocols for ship-ins, racing, training and monitoring remain in effect.
January 27, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Keeneland, Lexington, KY Outbreak Update
Testing of samples collected on 1/25/17 identified a second positive horse in barn one and three positive horses in barn two for ‘wild strain’ EHV-1. The horse in barn one is a 3 year old Thoroughbred colt. The three horses in barn two are all two year old Thoroughbred fillies. All positive horses tested positive on nasal swab, negative on blood. The colt was moved to secured isolation on the 25th, the three fillies were moved to isolation on the 26th. Each of the two quarantined barns are secured, entry into the barns restricted to essential personnel only and biosecurity levels are implemented at highest level. In addition to the affected barns, heightened biosecurity has been implemented in the entire barn area that includes directing and restricting entrance into each barn, as well as requiring disinfecting upon entry and exit of each barn.
January 25, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses New Orleans, LA Outbreak Update
On January 23, all horses in isolation at the Fair Grounds racetrack were retested blood and nasal for EHV-1 after at least seven days of isolation. Five of 37 horses remained positive for EHV-1 non-neuropathogenic based only on nasal swab with 32 horses testing negative. Five horses that have completed quarantine were released. Trace-out horses from the receiving barn were released from restrictions following testing and or isolation. Scheduled retesting will continue on isolated horses until release requirements are fulfilled. No new symptomatic horses have been reported in any barns and increased monitoring and biosecurity remain in force.
January 25, 2017 Strangles Levy County, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
On January 25, one premise in Levy County, Florida was placed under quarantine for strangles. The case was reported to the state on January 24. None of the eight equids have left the facility since clinical signs began. This is the first case for Levy County and Florida’s fifth case in 2017.
January 25, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Keeneland, Lexington, KY Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
Whole blood samples submitted from the population of horses in both of the previously quarantined barns have identified a single positive EHV-1 horse, a 3 year old Thoroughbred colt, in one barn. That positive horse has been removed from the barn and is in a secured isolation. Nasal swabs from each horse in the barn have been collected for testing. The population of horses continues to be confined to the barn pending results of that testing. Testing of samples completed on horses in the second quarantined barn have been reported negative on blood only and they too remain confined to the barn until testing of nasal swabs is complete. The barns are secure with movement into and out of the barns restricted to essential personnel only. Biosecurity measures have and continue to be implemented at the highest level. Updates will be provided by the Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian as new information becomes available or developments occur.
January 25, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Turfway Park, Florence, KY Outbreak Update
Two additional horses in the affected barn at Turfway Park, a 4 year old, Thoroughbred gelding and a 9 year old Thoroughbred mare, have tested positive for wild-type EHV-1 on PCR nasal swabs. There have been no clinical developments in the horses currently housed in Barn 27 and options for removing those two positive horses from the environment and managing the barns remaining population are being evaluated. The barns are secure with movement into and out of the barns restricted to essential personnel only. Biosecurity measures have and continue to be implemented at the highest level. Updates will be provided by the Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian as new information becomes available or developments occur.
January 24, 2017 Strangles Palm Beach County, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
On January 19, one premise in Palm Beach County, Florida was placed under quarantine for strangles. The case was reported to the state on January 18. No equids have left the facility since clinical signs began. This is the first case for Palm Beach County and Florida’s fourth case in 2017. The case was not reported to the EDCC until Jan 24th due to travel by state personnel.