Four Equine Piroplasmosis Quarantines Lifted in Florida

Four additional premises in Florida have been released from quarantine as all horses on those premises have tested negative for equine piroplasmosis. There are currently 15 premises still under quarantine. Five of those premises have at least one horse that tests positive for the disease.

The Florida State Veterinarian's Office is continuing to investigate the situation in Florida by tracing horses that might have been exposed to the disease and coordinating tick surveillance.

The evidence at this time continues to implicate management practices in the spread of the disease, as no foreign ticks or ticks carrying the organism that causes equine piroplasmosis have been found.

With the exception of the Canadian ban on Florida horses, there are no restrictions on horses from the state at this time. The state veterinarian's office is continuing to work with the USDA in an effort to have the Canadian restrictions reduced or lifted.

For more information see "Piroplasmosis Update: 20 Positive, Tracing Exposed Horses."

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