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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.


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.
January 27, 2017
Equine Herpes Viruses
Keeneland, Lexington, KY
Outbreak Update
Testing of samples collected on 1/25/17 identified a second positive horse in barn one and three positive horses in barn two for ‘wild strain’ EHV-1. The horse in barn one is a 3 year old Thoroughbred colt. The three horses in barn two are all two year old Thoroughbred fillies. All positive horses tested positive on nasal swab, negative on blood. The colt was moved to secured isolation on the 25th, the three fillies were moved to isolation on the 26th. Each of the two quarantined barns are secured, entry into the barns restricted to essential personnel only and biosecurity levels are implemented at highest level. In addition to the affected barns, heightened biosecurity has been implemented in the entire barn area that includes directing and restricting entrance into each barn, as well as requiring disinfecting upon entry and exit of each barn.
January 25, 2017
Equine Herpes Viruses
New Orleans, LA
Outbreak Update
On January 23, all horses in isolation at the Fair Grounds racetrack were retested blood and nasal for EHV-1 after at least seven days of isolation. Five of 37 horses remained positive for EHV-1 non-neuropathogenic based only on nasal swab with 32 horses testing negative. Five horses that have completed quarantine were released. Trace-out horses from the receiving barn were released from restrictions following testing and or isolation. Scheduled retesting will continue on isolated horses until release requirements are fulfilled. No new symptomatic horses have been reported in any barns and increased monitoring and biosecurity remain in force.
January 25, 2017
Strangles
Levy County, FL
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
On January 25, one premise in Levy County, Florida was placed under quarantine for strangles. The case was reported to the state on January 24. None of the eight equids have left the facility since clinical signs began. This is the first case for Levy County and Florida’s fifth case in 2017.
January 25, 2017
Equine Herpes Viruses
Keeneland, Lexington, KY
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Whole blood samples submitted from the population of horses in both of the previously quarantined barns have identified a single positive EHV-1 horse, a 3 year old Thoroughbred colt, in one barn. That positive horse has been removed from the barn and is in a secured isolation. Nasal swabs from each horse in the barn have been collected for testing. The population of horses continues to be confined to the barn pending results of that testing. Testing of samples completed on horses in the second quarantined barn have been reported negative on blood only and they too remain confined to the barn until testing of nasal swabs is complete. The barns are secure with movement into and out of the barns restricted to essential personnel only. Biosecurity measures have and continue to be implemented at the highest level. Updates will be provided by the Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian as new information becomes available or developments occur.