Ocala EHV-1: Four More Quarantines Released

Four more quarantines imposed on some Florida horse farms after equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) was detected in a horse previously stabled at the Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) facility in Ocala, have been released, according to a March 20 statement from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).

Officials placed the HITS showgrounds under quarantine Feb. 27 after several horses connected to the facility tested positive for EHV-1. Two of the seven developed neurologic signs and were treated at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. The remaining five horses were quarantined at their home farms. Additionally, the FDACS quarantined several other facilities housing horses exposed to the disease while at the showgrounds. The FDACS stated that all EHV-1 quarantines would remain in effect for a minimum of 21 days from the last exposure.

In early March and after the appropriate length of time, disease testing began and officials released quarantines if farms met release protocol, the statement said. The following facilities connected to the HITS outbreak have been released from quarantine:

  • POD-F Farm, Wellington (released March 9, 2013)
  • Kings Ridge Farm, Reddick (released March 13, 2013)
  • Redfield Farm, Ocala (partially released March 13, 2013)
  • Chestnut Hill Farm (Wisconsin-based farm, Ocala temporary location released March 13, 2013)
  • Entire HITS showgrounds, Ocala (released March 13, 2013)
  • Up Country Farm/Synergy Farm, Ocala (released March 14, 2013)
  • Brookmore Farm, Oviedo (released March 17, 2013)
  • Flutterby Farm, Ocala (released March 20, 2013)
  • Foxwood Farms, Pinellas Park (released March 20, 2013)
  • Calder Farms, Ocala (released March 20, 2013)
  • Hard Ford Farm, Reddick (released March 20, 2013)

Several additional facilities remain under quarantine, the statement said.

The FDACS is still recommending owners of horses that have shown at HITS since Feb. 5 closely monitor their animals, report fevers greater than 101.5°F (38.6°C) to a veterinarian immediately, and employ strict biosecurity measures for at least 21 days after departure from the show.

About the Author

Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, News Editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in three-day eventing with her OTTB, Dorado, and enjoys photography in her spare time.

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