According to a release from the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office, the barn at the HighPointe Farm and Training Center in Oldham County has officially been released from quarantine. The quarantine was initiated on Jan. 11, 2017, when one horse tested positive for the non-nuerologic strain of the equine herpesvirus.
That horse, which did not demonstrate any neurological symptoms, was removed from the barn and isolated, after which the Department of Agriculture mandated a quarantine and ordered tests on all the other horses in that barn. The results of those tests were released on Jan. 14: five additional horses showed positive tests for the wild strain, despite showing no clinical signs of infection. Those five horses were also isolated.
“Testing of the barn's population of horses that had been exposed to EHV1 has been completed,” reads the statement. “The final results reported earlier today (2/3/2017) provides that each horse in the barn has tested NEG on both nasal swabs and whole blood. Having been greater than 14 days post exposure with daily observation and monitoring detecting no abnormal findings, and each horse now having two (2) negative sets of results – The Ky Office of State Veterinarian has released the quarantine imposed on January 11, 2017 and the horses are under no further restrictions.”
The release went on to state that there are no updates on the EHV-1 quarantines at Turfway Park or the Keeneland training center at this time.
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