On January 11, several Mid-Atlantic tracks scratched shippers from Parx after a horse there tested for the non-neurological strain of equine herpesvirus. The animal's illness and associated diagnostics provided evidence that transmissible EHV-1 was prevalent on the backside and within the barn at the time the horse was removed January 8.
There was no state or federally-imposed quarantine, though track officials say they maintained a self-imposed quarantine in the affected barn until Jan. 30 .
Having had no additional cases reported, and with no known suspected cases being investigated, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's ban on Parx-based shippers will expire as scheduled on Sunday evening, Feb.10; thus enabling tracks and training centers to consider allowing those horses originating from Parx that meet the established health requirements to enter the grounds and stabling area.
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