VS Regulation Planning Continues

Nine premises remain under quarantine in Texas due to vesicular stomatitis (VS), says Max Coats, DVM, MSc, deputy director for Animal Health Programs for the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). In mid-July, the TAHC, Breeders' Cup, and other parties received the USDA's draft of VS guidelines related to Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, for the Breeders' Cup races to ensure that participants aren't exposed to the disease.

Pamela Blatz-Murff, senior vice president of Breeders' Cup Operations in Lexington, Ky., said she received the draft for comment, as had the TAHC and shipping agents, and it is under review.

Guidelines will cover surveillance at the track, biosecurity and quarantine measures for international horses (to ensure compatibility with the USDA Code of Regulation), and insect abatement. The guidelines will be implemented under USDA supervision and will not be government-funded, says Coats.

Blatz-Murff said track officials are performing surveillance at Lone Star Park to make sure the premise remains VS-free.

Once involved parties come to an agreement, the guidelines will be presented to the European Union.

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Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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