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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
March 05, 2016 Strangles St. Lucie and Miami-Dade Counties, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
On March 1, two cases of strangles were reported by Florida veterinarians. One confirmed strangles positive premises in St. Lucie County had one clinical out of 10 total horses on the property. The other premises located in Miami-Dade County had one clinical horse and 30 total horses at the facility. Both facilities were placed under quarantine. This is the first reported case of strangles for St. Lucie and Miami-Dade Counties and the ninth and tenth cases for Florida in 2016.
March 05, 2016 Rabies Madison County, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
On March 4, the Florida Dept of Health confirmed rabies positive equine. The premise with one remaining exposed horse and no previous rabies vaccine history has been placed under quarantine. This is the first equine rabies case in Madison County and the first for Florida in 2016.
March 02, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses South Carolina, United States Information Only
The previous alert stating that premises in South Carolina have been quarantined was a error. No quarantine is in effect in South Carolina as reported in the alert regarding EVH-1 in Florida.
March 01, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Sunland Park, NM Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
Quarantine has been lifted at Frontera Training Center. No new positive cases have been confirmed February 24th at Sunland Racetrack. To date a total of 54 horses have been released from isolation. Only one barn remains exposed at Sunland Racetrack.
March 01, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Fauquier County, VA Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
On the evening of February 29, the State Veterinarian’s Office of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) was notified by the Florida State Veterinarian’s Office that a Virginia horse recently relocated to Martin County, Florida was confirmed with Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). Clinical signs were consistent with Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM). The infected (index) horse was placed in isolation early in the day and the Florida facility was placed under quarantine. An investigation revealed that the index horse was shipped from a Thoroughbred training facility in Fauquier County, Virginia to Florida on February 22. The Virginia training facility has been placed under quarantine by VDACS, and all exposed horses are being monitored twice daily for fever (temperature over 101.50 F) and other clinical signs. To date, no exposed horses in Virginia have shown clinical signs of disease or been febrile, but the monitoring will continue throughout the quarantine period. In addition to the horses exposed at the training facility, the investigation has revealed only one other exposed horse that traveled out of state. Go To: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/animals-equine-herpes-virus.shtml
March 01, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Payson Park, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
On February 29, a confirmed EHV 1 neurotrophic strain with consistent clinical signs has been confirmed in Martin County Florida. The entire facility has been placed under quarantine with the index case placed in isolation earlier in the day. The horse was imported from Virgina and traveled with additional horses that off loaded in South Carolina. Both Virgina and South Carolina have been notified. Updates will be provided as warranted.
February 29, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Horseheads (Chemung County), NY Quarantine Ended
On 2/27/2016, the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets lifted the quarantine on a farm in Horseheads, NY (Chemung County), where non-neurologic EHV-1 had been diagnosed in early February. The farm completed all quarantine requirements. Only the index case showed signs of non-neurologic EHV-1. No other horses at the farm displayed signs of EHV-1 during the quarantine.
February 26, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Sunland Park, NM Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
As today no new confirmed positive EHV-1 horses. Races have begun at Sunland Park.
February 26, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses El Paso, TX Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
Two EHV-1 positive horses remain under veterinary supervision with no new horses identified at the quarantined premises.
February 25, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Sunland Park, NM Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
One new positive horse in a new barn at Sunland Park for a total of 73 positive for EHV-1. So far, 24 barns have returned from exposed to non-exposed status.