The following update was issued by KY State Veterinarian Rusty Ford on Jan. 30:
Our directive continues that horses currently residing at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans shall not be permitted entry onto a KY racetrack or their associated training facilities at this time. The KY Office of State Veterinarian continues to monitor and evaluate developments and are prepared to adjust our strategies up or down as the disease risks warrant. In addition to horses originating from Fair Grounds, horses that have moved from Fair Grounds to other tracks or training facilities in LA during the preceding 30 days would be considered at risk as well and should not be allowed entry onto a KY racetrack or their associated training facilities.
We do have in place a protocol that could allow horses to move from that area onto private farms, where they can be isolated and tested. With this protocol, we expect to have a better understanding of the associated risk horses originating from that area might pose and will adjust our strategies up or down accordingly.
BELOW IS THE PROTOCOL DEFINED AND TO BE FOLLOWED FOR HORSES ORIGINATING FROM FAIR GROUNDS DESTINED TO KY FARMS OR OTHER PRIVATE FACILITIES IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE. THE CRITERIA ESTABLISHED INCLUDES THAT THE FACILITY THE HORSE(S) ARE DESTINED TO CAN PROVIDE ADEQUATE ISOLATION ON ARRIVAL SO THAT THEIR PREMISES IS NOT ADVERSELY AFFECTED SHOULD THE POST ARRIVAL TEST REVEAL EVIDENCE OF INFECTION OR SHEDDING OF EQUINE HERPESVIRUS TYPE 1.
Horses departing Fair Grounds destined to KY will exit the premises with a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI). The CVI shall include a statement that examination of the horse was performed during the 24hr period preceding departure from the Fair Grounds, and that the horse(s) listed on the CVI are not originating from a barn where an active case of EHV-1 has been diagnosed within the previous 30 days. If this statement can't be made, it will be necessary note that and to also demonstrate the entire population of horses in the barn were tested NEG after 14 days following the last known exposure.
ADDITIONALLY, and for the immediate future: Each horse leaving Fair Grounds destined to a KY Farm – should be tested NEG in the 4 day period preceding the DEPARTURE with the testing certificate attached to the CVI and the horse isolated post arrival. Horses arriving without proof of having been tested NEG as stated must have arrangement made and stated on the CVI that proper isolation is available at the KY destination. In addition, the horse(s) will be tested for EHV1 between 48-96 hours after arrival. Following the isolation with no evidence of a communicable disease and after the horse(s) tests NEG by PCR on samples collected from NASAL SWAB and Whole Blood, movement of the horse forward would be unrestricted.
FAIR GROUNDS RESPONSIBILITY: EACH DAY, THE CERTIFICATES FOR HORSES THAT HAVE DEPARTED FAIR GROUNDS FOR KY – Should be sent to KY Office State Veterinarian
We will continue to monitor the movement of horses from these designated areas, evaluate the risk posed and adjust our strategies up or down as needed.
We appreciate the effort being put forth by Fair Grounds that will allow the safe movement of horses from their property to Kentucky farms.
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