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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.


Date Disease Location Status
February 07, 2017 Strangles Marion and Palm Beach Counties, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
On February 7, one premise in each Marion and Palm Beach County, Florida were placed under quarantine for strangles. The index case for one quarantine was recently purchased at a horse sale and owners/purchasers with exposure to the clinical horse will be contacted shortly. The other index horse arrived from Massachusetts on January 15th and was asymptomatic at the time. This is the second case for both Marion and Palm Beach County and Florida’s sixth and seventh cases in 2017.
February 04, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Lexington , KY Outbreak Update
The status of Keeneland’s Rice Road Training Center is unchanged since the previous reports. The population of horses continues to be monitored daily. Sample collection and testing of the horses in each of the barns is being scheduled and planned for next week.
February 04, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Oldham, KY Quarantine Released
Testing of the horses on premises 2 in Oldham, KY has been completed.  As of 2/3/2017 all horses have had two negative test results on nasal swabs and whole blood and all are 14 days post exposure. The KY Office of State Veterinarian has released the quarantine imposed on January 11, 2017. The horses are under no further restrictions.
January 31, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Los Angeles County, CA Quarantine Released
No new cases. The last affected horse at this facility has met the negative test requirements and this facility has been released from quarantine. We no longer have any equine facilities in Los Angeles County and the State of California under quarantine for EHM.
January 30, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Los Angeles County, CA Outbreak Update
No new cases. CDFA continues to monitor the situation. There have been no additional detections since the initial cases confirmed on January 10, 2017.
January 30, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Los Angeles Equestrian Center, CA Quarantine Released
The last horse remaining in isolation has met the negative test requirements and has been released from quarantine isolation. The LA Equestrian Center quarantine has been released.
January 29, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Kentucky, United States Information Only
For an update (January 27, 2017) on the current directive from the Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian regarding entry of horses residing at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans onto a Kentucky racetrack or their associated training facilities go to: http://www.kyagr.com/statevet/documents/OSV_EQ_17_FairGndsNOLA_Protocol_001.pdf
January 27, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Oldham County, KY Outbreak Update
Premises 2: Daily monitoring and assessment of the horses in the exposed quarantine barn continues with no evidence of further transmission of EHV1. Collection of samples (swabs and blood) from these horses has been scheduled to be completed next week to determine their eligibility to be released from restrictions.
January 27, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Oldham County, KY Quarantine Released
Premises 1: Testing of the barn’s population of horses that had been exposed to EHV1 was completed 1/25/2017; all horses tested NEG on both nasal swabs and whole blood. Having been greater than 14 days post exposure, and each horse now having two (2) negative sets (nasal and blood) of results – The Ky Office of State Veterinarian has released the quarantine imposed on January 5, 2017 and the horses are under no further restrictions.
January 27, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Turfway Park, Florence, KY Outbreak Update
The two positive horses identified and described on 1/24/17 were moved offsite and are securely isolated on a private farm. Monitoring of the general population continues with no evidence of further cases developing. The previously established and described protocols for ship-ins, racing, training and monitoring remain in effect.