Turfway Barn Quarantined Pending Tests; EHV-1 Suspected

A barn at Turfway Park was quarantined Jan. 30 after a horse that showed signs of equine herpesvirus (EHV) was euthanized, track officials confirmed later that day.

The barn, which contains about 40 horses under the care of several trainers, will be quarantined pending test results of blood samples from the deceased horse, which Daily Racing Form identified as Rockhouse Rocket. Turfway officials said test results are expected sometime Jan. 31.

The samples were sent to a testing laboratory at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Upon receiving those results, Turfway will provide additional updates, officials said.

Equine herpesvirus-1 (one of the types of EHV), which can spread quickly through aerosolized nasal secretions, can cause death in its neurologic form. Clinical signs of respiratory EHV-1 generally include fever and nasal discharge, but sometimes cases advance to neurologic involvement (equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy).

The last EHV-1 case at Turfway occurred in the winter of 2006, when a horse was euthanized because of complications for the virus. Two barns were under quarantine. No other horses were diagnosed with the virus.

See a special report on EHV-1.

(This article first appeared on Bloodhorse.com.)

About the Author

Tom LaMarra

Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

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