According to the Daily Racing Form's Jim Dunleavy, several mid-Atlantic tracks have scratched entries from Parx shippers after a horse there tested positive for the non-neurological strain of equine herpesvirus. There is no state quarantine in place at the facility currently and racetrack personnel say everything there is business as usual. Dunleavy reports the state may only impose official quarantines in cases of positive tests for the neurological strain of the illness; in cases of a non-neurological form of the virus, biosecurity is up to the racetrack.
A horse in the barn of trainer Ramon Martin reportedly came up with a fever on Thursday and was transported to a clinic, where it was tested for equine herpesvirus. The horse has since improved.
There are currently no restrictions on horse movement between Parx and Penn National, as of Dunleavy's report at midday. The New York Racing Association, Maryland Jockey Club, and Charles Town scratched Parx shippers from their Friday card.
Equine herpesvirus is extremely contagious and may cause fever and respiratory illness in affected horses. It's believed some horses may be carriers of the disease without having an active infection, making it difficult to determine where an outbreak came from. Different strains of equine herpesvirus may cause neurological symptoms (which can prove fatal) or abortion in broodmares.
The Paulick Report created this list of frequently-asked questions about the virus in 2016.
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