Quarantines Begin to Ease in Florida EHV-1 Outbreak

by | 03.10.2013 | 9:06am

An outbreak of EHV-1 at the Horse Shows in the Sun stabling facility on Feb. 21 has led to the quarantine of 13 equine facilities in Florida, including several in Ocala. Quarantine was lifted at one facility on Saturday however, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

A previous resident of one of the tents on the show grounds tested positive for EHV-1 on Feb. 21 at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. Officials quickly shut down horse traffic to the show facility and tracked down competitors who had been exposed to the sick horse, revealing five more positive tests. So far only the original case and one of the exposed horses are demonstrating symptoms; both are reportedly in stable condition at the University.

Quarantines are left in place until 21 days after the date of last exposure to a horse in question. The quarantine lifted Saturday was from POD-F Farm, where officials say the exposed horse residing there reached the 21-day post-exposure mark without developing any positive tests.

Animal health officials continue to urge horse owners to closely monitor any horse who may have been exposed to a horse stabled at Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) for signs of the disease. Many facilities in the state have instituted restrictions on incoming horses or additional requirements for vaccine requirements and veterinarian reports.

Read more at The Horse

  • Sue M. Chapman

    The OBS 2YO In Training Sale begins tomorrow.  The immediate health of our industry is reliant on the integrity of those in attendance in every capacity.  Please respect the job of the Florida Department of Agriculture.

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