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Disease Outbreak Alerts

Updates on current disease outbreaks are listed here as they occur and will include the date listed, disease name, location and current status. Specific premises will not be named but the general location by town, county and state will be listed. When locations, events or horses are at risk they will be listed. Updates will be posted as they are received.


February 06, 2018
Equine Herpes Viruses
Turfway Park, KY
Outbreak Update
Source: Office of the Kentucky State Veterinarian

Samples collected on 2/5/2018 were sent to the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and have identified two additional positive horses in the quarantined barn at Turfway Racetrack. A 4-year-old TB filly tested postive on both nasal swab and whole blood. A 4-year-old TB gelding tested positive on nasal swab only. Arrangements are underway for both positive horses, along with a non-thoroughbred pony in the barn to be removed from the backside and into isolation off the grounds. Cumulative Summary as of 2/6/18:  one barn at Turfway Park is under quarantine for EHV-1. Three horses, under the care of two different trainers, have been found positive by PCR testing- 2 were found to be positive on blood and nasal swab, with the third being nasal swab positive, blood negative. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture will continue to have personnel on the grounds working with the track management, horsemen, veterinarians and racing officials. For more information go to http://www.kyagr.com/statevet/equine-herpes-virus.html

February 06, 2018
Equine Herpes Viruses
Chesterfield County, VA
Outbreak Update
Source: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

On February 1, 2018 a horse boarding stable in Chesterfield County was placed under quarantine after a horse with fever and neurologic signs tested positive to the equine herpes virus-1 (EHV) that causes Equine Herpes Myeloncephalopathy (EHM). Since that time, nine horses in the stable have developed fevers, but none have exhibited neurologic signs. Three of these horses have been tested for EHV and one has tested positive. Testing for the remainder of the febrile horses will continue over the next several days. The facility will remain under quarantine for 21 days past the last positive finding of EHV. The febrile horses have been isolated on the farm and are under veterinary care. Four of these febrile horses have been transferred under quarantine to the isolation unit at Marion Dupont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg for additional care and monitoring. Because these horses were admitted under the established isolation protocol, the Equine Medical Center is not under quarantine and is admitting and treating patients normally. Neither of these facilities pose a risk to the Virginia horse population.

 

February 06, 2018
Equine Herpes Viruses
Campbell County, WY
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Wyoming Department of Agriculture

The Office of the Wyoming State Veterinarian confirmed a case of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) at a private facility in Campbell County, Wyoming. On January 30, 2018 a 6-year-old QH gelding of unknown vaccination status at a private facility had rapid progression of hind leg ataxia, weakness, recumbency and normal cranial nerve response. The Wyoming Livestock Board was informed on Friday 2/3/18 of a horse in the Gillette area seen by a practitioner for rapidly progressive neurologic signs which upon referral was ultimately euthanized and transported to Colorado State University for necropsy.  Nasal swabs taken before euthanasia were positive on PCR for EHV-1 wild type.  On 2/5/18,  a second horse in the Gillette area seen by another practitioner was reported as having a sudden onset of neurologic signs and is currently being treated and held in isolation at the veterinary facility. Results from nasal swabs and blood samples are pending from the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory. Horses stabled at the premise where the positive horses originated are being monitored with temperatures taken twice daily and recorded. Self-imposed quarantines at the recommendation of the Livestock Board are in place pending final necropsy report and test results respectively. Both of the positive horses had competed at the Cam-Plex in Gillette within the past three weeks, though neither had been stabled at the facility. There are no known affected horses at the Cam-Plex which will be instituting enhanced biosecurity measures and public awareness as well as releasing a precautionary statement to the public and those that may have been potentially exposed.

February 05, 2018
Equine Infectious Anemia
Wilson and Walker Counties, TX
Information Only
Source: Texas Animal Health Commission

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials confirmed Equine Infectious Anemia in one Wilson County Quarter Horse and in one Walker County Quarter Horse.

February 05, 2018
Equine Herpes Viruses
Warren and Hancock Counties, OH
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Ohio Department of Agriculture

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has confirmed positive cases of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) in four horses at separate locations around the state. ODA has placed multiple facilities under quarantine and is actively investigating where these animals have been and what other animals might have been exposed. ODA has confirmed two of the positive horses raced at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, Pennsylvania. Those animals are currently under quarantine at separate facilities. One of the two raced at Miami Valley Gaming near Lebanon January 13 and 24. Testing confirms they have EHV-1 but neither animal is showing clinical signs of illness. Additionally, two horses at the University of Findlay have tested positive for EHV. These animals are also not showing clinical symptoms. ODA has placed the University of Findlay equine facilities under quarantine. Currently, the department does not believe these animals are connected to the other positive tests, but epidemiological investigations are underway. For more information view the press release at http://www.agri.ohio.gov/public_docs/news/2018/02.2.18%20EHV%20Confirmed%20in%20Ohio%20Horses.pdf

February 04, 2018
Equine Herpes Viruses
Turfway Park, KY
Outbreak Update
Source: Kentucky Department of Agriculture

The quarantine for EHV-1 at and biosecurity on the affected barn at Turfway Park was raised to Alert Status, which restricts entry only to persons having essential tasks using proper biosecurity measures. Security personnel are assigned to supervise and record all movement of personnel. No movement of horses into or out of the quarantined barn is permitted without approval by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Twenty-five horses in the quarantined barn are permitted to exercise at established times when no other horses are on the grounds. The quarantine will be released after a minimum of 14-days post exposure with no evidence of illness and all horse test negative for EHV-1 on nasal swab and blood.  In addition to the quarantined horses two other horse that had potential exposure were traced to two additional premises, which are being monitored and exposure monitored. Currently live racing is being conducted at Turfway Park in Florence KY. There are currently no horses on the backside that have tested positive for EHV.

February 03, 2018
Equine Herpes Viruses
Turfway Park- Boone County, KY
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Kentucky Department of Agriculture

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture confirmed Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHV-1: wild strain) in a horse at Turfway Park in Boone County. The horse presented with neurologic signs on 2/2/2018, continued to deteriorate and was euthanized. One barn at the racetrack has been quarantined while the Office of the State Veterinarian conducts an investigation. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture's webpage will be updated accordingly. 

February 01, 2018
Equine Herpes Viruses
Chesterfield County, VA
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

On January 31, 2018 the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) confirmed a diagnosis of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in a horse in central Virginia. A horse exhibiting neurological signs and a fever is housed in a horse-boarding stable in Chesterfield County that has been placed under quarantine. All exposed horses are being monitored twice daily for fever (temperature over 101.50 F) and other clinical signs, and VDACS will be working with the stable’s owner to determine if any exposed horses have left the premises. For more information go to: https://aaep.org/sites/default/files/Documents/DiseaseFactsheetEHM.pdf and https://aaep.org/sites/default/files/Guidelines/EHV1_4_Final.pdf

January 31, 2018
Equine Herpes Viruses
Jerome County, ID
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Idaho State Department of Agriculture

The Idaho State Department of Idaho confirmed Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalitis (EHM) in a Quarter Horse mare that exhibited ataxia, diminished tail tone and urine dribbling at a private facility in Jerome County. The mare, which was previously vaccinated, was euthanized.  Twenty-five horses out of 60 at the facility have been exposed and all 60 are isolated in quarantine. 

January 31, 2018
Strangles
Lake and Walton Counties, FL
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has confirmed Strangles in two counties. On January 25th, 2018, one premise in Lake County, Florida was placed under quarantine for clinical signs and a positive culture confirmation of Strangles. Three of the nine horses on the premise are showing clinical signs at this time. On January 29th, 2018, one premise in Walton County, Florida was placed under quarantine for a positive PCR result for Strangles. These represent the second case of Strangles reported in Lake County and the first case reported in Walton County and brings the total to four cases confirmed in Florida in 2018.