Herpesvirus Situation Ends in Maryland

Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreaks in Maryland drew to a close on March 8, after the Maryland Department of Agriculture lifted hold orders on the detention barn at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and an isolation barn at the Bowie Training Center in Bowie. The final four horses in those barns tested negative for EHV-1 and were permitted to resume normal activities.

The horses at Bowie had been relocated from Laurel Park. There were no outbreaks at Bowie.

Guy Hohenhaus, DVM, Maryland state veterinarian, said, "All hold orders have been lifted and there are no reported signs of the virus anywhere in the state."

The disease hit Pimlico in January when three horses at the track were euthanatized. The Maryland Jockey Club quarantined Pimlico for 18 days, restricting movement to and from the facility for the 500 horses based there. After more than two months of quarantine and isolation, all horses in the affected three barns tested negative.

Due to EHV, Maryland racing officials canceled three days of live racing and two marquee races of the Laurel Park winter meeting. For more information see www.TheHorse.com/emag.aspx?id=6680.

About the Author

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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