Florida EHV-1: Several Premises Released from Quarantine

Florida EHV-1: Several Premises Released from Quarantine

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Five quarantines put in place after equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) was detected in a horse previously stabled at the Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) facility in Ocala, Fla., have been released following negative test results, according to a March 13 statement from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).

The statement indicated that more than 200 horses were tested for the virus, including all horses in tents 3, 6, and 7 at the HITS showgrounds (the tents in which horses that later tested positive for EHV-1 were stabled while at the facility) and others residing at quarantined premises.

"All horses tested negative with the exception of two horses under quarantine in St. Augustine," the March 13 statement read. "As a result, the HITS showgrounds and several premises outside the ... showgrounds were released from quarantine this morning. The St. Augustine premises will remain in quarantine for a minimum of an additional 14 days."

The facilities released from quarantine today include:

  • HITS Showgrounds, Ocala (entire facility)
  • Kings Ridge Farm, Reddick
  • Chestnut Hill Farm (Wisconsin-based farm, Ocala temporary location)
  • Up Country Farm, Ocala (partial release)
  • Redfield Farm, Ocala (partial release)

Several additional facilities remain under quarantine, the statement said.

The HITS showgrounds have been under quarantine since Feb. 27; seven horses connected to the facility have tested positive for EHV-1. Two of the seven developed neurologic signs and were treated at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. The remaining five horses were quarantined at their home farms. Additionally, the FDACS quarantined several other facilities housing horses exposed to the disease at the HITS showgrounds. The FDACS stated that all EHV-1 quarantines would remain in effect for a minimum of 21 days from the last exposure. They listed Feb. 20 as the HITS showground's last virus exposure.

On March 9 the FDACS officials reported that a horse residing at POD-F Farm, in Wellington, Fla., which had been housed in Tent 7 at the HITS facility, "completed testing (negative test results) and was released from quarantine 21 days after last date of exposure."

The FDACS is still recommending owners of horses that have shown at HITS since Feb. 5 closely monitor animals, report fevers greater than 101.5°F (38.6°C) to a veterinarian immediately, and employ strict biosecurity measures for at least 21 days after departure from the show.

TheHorse.com will continue providing updates when additional information becomes available.

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Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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