Hawthorne EHV-1 Quarantine Could be Lifted in January

In an update provided Dec. 27, Hawthorne Race Course officials said the quarantine put in place at the track because of an equine herpesvirus (EHV-I) outbreak could be lifted around Jan. 10.

In a statement, Hawthorne assistant general manager Jim Miller said a horse that was being monitored in quarantine died Dec. 24 after testing positive for EHV-I on Dec. 12. Officials believe a necropsy at the University of Illinois will reveal EHV-I as the cause of death, which would make the horse the seventh to die since the outbreak began in October.

Miller said that because the horse who died had been in quarantine since Dec. 12, that date becomes the clock "reset" day for the 28 days needed for a possible lifting of the quarantine. The meet concludes Dec. 30.

"That leaves the timeframe as of today for a possible removal of quarantine sometime around Jan. 10," Miller said in a statement.

Miller said last week that two horses who had been in quarantine tested negative for EHV-I and were able to return to their original barns. He said test results on six other horses are awaited. Miller said Illinois State Veterinarian Dawn Folker-Calderon, DVM, will continue to be on the backstretch at various times to assist with quarantine information.

Originally published on BloodHorse.com.

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Frank Angst

Frank Angst is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine. An American Horse Publications three-time winner in best news story category, Angst has covered horse racing for more than a decade. Angst spent ten years at Thoroughbred Times, where he earned awards as that magazine’s senior writer and helped launch Thoroughbred Times TODAY. Besides covering horse racing, Angst enjoys handicapping. Angst has written about sports for more than 20 years, including several seasons covering a nationally ranked Marshall Thundering Herd football team.

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