Final Kentucky Track Quarantine Ends

Equine herpesvirus quarantines at two Kentucky Thoroughbred facilities have been released, ending the recent outbreak of the neurologic disease. Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, lifted the quarantine at Turfway Park in Florence on Feb. 2, and removed the quarantine at the Western Kentucky Training Center in Henderson on Feb. 3. Officials quarantined the tracks when they detected an equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak that began Dec. 21, 2005, at Turfway.

Stout released Turfway's final quarantine (Barn 27) 43 days after it was initiated. Rusty Ford, of the Kentucky state veterinarian's office, said the release was "based on the negative buffy coat results, supported with information that no clinical evidence of disease has been suggested within these 52 horses or this barn during the previous 26-day period. With a clean clinical assessment of each animal completed following the races on Feb. 1, we are able to conclude these animals are not affected with an active equine herpesvirus infection."

Also, 16 horses quarantined at the Western Kentucky Training Center were released after officials found the horses showed no clinical signs of EHV-1 and had negative buffy coat tests.

As of Feb. 2, the New York Racing Association had released its restriction for Kentucky horses entering its tracks. As of March 1, the West Virginia Racing Commission had lifted restrictions for Kentucky horses entering Mountaineer and Charles Town racetracks as well.

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Chad Mendell

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