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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
April 02, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Parx Racetrack, Bensalem, PA Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
The Pennsylvania Department was notified today that a horse racing at Parx Racetrack in Bensalem PA with clinical signs of EHM that was being treated in isolation at a New Jersey equine veterinary hospital has tested positive for the neuropathogenic strain of EHV-1. The animal was euthanized today. Two barns at Parx with exposed horses are currently under quarantine. Updates will be posted as they become available.
March 29, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses DuPage County, AL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
The quarantine was released on 3/17/16. The release was based on a negative nasal swab PCR test of all equine present. Sampling was conducted at least 21 days from the last date an animal exhibited clinical signs.
March 22, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Fauquier County, VA Quarantine Ended
March 22, 2016. The Fauquier County facility has been released from the EHV-1 quarantine on March 16, 2016. Go To
March 19, 2016 Piroplasmosis Sunland Park, NM Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
(SUNLAND PARK, N.M.) – A private racehorse-training facility in southern New Mexico is under quarantine after a single horse there was confirmed to have a parasitic disease. The New Mexico Livestock Board imposed the quarantine -- no horses in, no horses out -- at Jovi Training Stables late Friday after one horse there was confirmed to have equine piroplasmosis (EP). EP is a bloodborne disease transmitted by ticks, or mechanically via improperly sanitized syringes and the like. Humans cannot get equine piroplasmosis. Go to -
March 16, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Payson Park , FL Quarantine Ended
As of March 16, 2016, Payson Park Thoroughbred Training Center has been released from quarantine. The quarantine was released after all horses in the high risk barns tested negative for the virus and no additional EHV-1 cases were detected during the quarantine period. The one affected horse remains in stable condition and will remain under quarantine for at least one additional week.
March 16, 2016 Strangles Okeechobee County, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
On March 15, a new strangles positive premise was reported and confirmed with culture results in Okeechobee County Florida. All horses on the property have been quarantined. This is the first reported case of strangles in Okeechobee County and the twelfth case for Florida in 2016.
March 09, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Sunland Park, NM Quarantine Ended
Quarantine has been released at Sunland Racetrack. Currently movement of animals onto and off the racetrack is permitted.
March 09, 2016 Strangles Miami-Dade County , FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
On March 8, a quarantine was placed on a confirmed positive strangles premises located in Miami-Dade County that had one clinical horse and 5 total horses at the facility. This is the second reported case of strangles in Miami-Dade County and the eleventh case for Florida in 2016.
March 08, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses El Paso County, TX Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials have released the premises quarantined for Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in El Paso County. There are no other reported EHV-1 cases in Texas. The first case of EHV-1 in El Paso County was confirmed on February 18, 2016 in two horses at one premises. The TAHC reminds equine owners to keep their horses healthy by practicing simple biosecurity measures.
March 08, 2016 Equine Infectious Anemia Cortland, NY Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
On 3/4/2016, the NYS Dept of Ag and Markets, Division of Animal Industry confirmed Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) in 5 horses on a Cortland County, NY farm. Ten draft and buggy horses reside on the farm. All horses have been quarantined and an investigation is ongoing. The Division of Animal Industry will continue updates as needed. The following key points pertain to New York’s law for equine infectious anemia. --All horses must have a negative EIA test in the 12 months preceding a change in ownership. --All horses being imported into NY for purposes other than movement to slaughter must accompanied by a CVI and a negative EIA test in the preceding 12 months. --All horses transported on a public road in NY must have had a negative EIA test in the current or previous calendar year.