Seven Premises Released from Piroplasmosis Quarantine

Seven of the premises quarantined by Florida officials due to exposure to equine piroplasmosis have been released. Eighteen premises are still under quarantine. Positive horses are currently located at three of these properties, according to a statement released Sept. 19 by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DOACS).

In total, 25 premises have been quarantined and around 200 horses tested for the disease since it was first found in a Florida horse in August. Equine piroplasmosis is considered a foreign animal disease; the United States has screened all imported horses for piroplasmosis for nearly 30 years.

According to the Sept. 19 statement, the investigation is continuing. No foreign ticks have been found, and none of the domestic ticks investigators have captured have tested positive for Babesia caballi or B. equi, organisms that cause equine piroplasmosis.

There are no state restrictions placed on Florida horses at this time. The only country that has placed restrictions on Florida horses is Canada, which will not accept any horse that has been in Florida within the past 21 days. The Florida 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."  

Positive Premises Data
Premises 1 (Manatee) Premises 2 (De Soto) Premises 3 (Polk) Premises 4 (Polk) Premises 5 (Lake) Premises 6 (Dade)
Number of positive horses 5 1 6 4 1 1
Number of horses on premises 20 30 20 13 8 11
Number of positives left on premises 0 0 5 4 0 1

About the Author

Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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