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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
February 04, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Sunland Park, NM Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
Update: 49 horses have been confirmed positive for EHV-1 on nasal swab and/or whole blood. These horses are from 20 different barns within Sunland Park racetrack. Three positive horses are from an adjacent training facility (Frontera) close to the Sunland Park racetrack. Frontera has always been included in the original quarantine permieter. Of these 49 horses, 6 have been euthanized for progressive neurologic signs. No movement of horses is being allowed in or out of the Sunland Park quarantine perimeter.
February 03, 2016 Strangles Palm Beach County, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
A new strangles positive premise with 2 clinical and 7 total horses was confirmed and quarantined in Palm Beach County on Feb 2. Clinical signs began on Jan 29 according to the owner. One of the two positive horses was received from a Louisiana kill pen about 1 month prior. This is the first case in Palm Beach County and the second premise in Florida for 2016.
February 03, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Sunland Park, NM Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
The total number of horses with a confirmed positive test in New Mexico is now 44. Two horses are from the adjacent training facility (Frontera) close to the Sunland Park racetrack. Frontera has always been included in our original quarantine perimeter. Of the 45 horses confirmed positive out of 129 samples run, 5 have been euthanized for neurological symptoms. 19 barns are currently exposed. http://www.aaep.org/-i-101.html
February 03, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses North Georgia, GA Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
A horse was presented to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Large Animal Teaching Hospital on January 31, 2015 showing signs of nystagmus and ataxia. History revealed no history of fever or respiratory disease. Due to progressive worsening of clinical signs the next day, a spinal tap and nasal swab was performed. Due to the results of the spinal tap and the resulting poor prognosis, the horse was euthanized. The swab was submitted on February 1, 2016 and reported confirmed positive EHV-1 on February 2, 2016. By the end of February 2, 2016, the UGA CVM equine facilities are under quarantine (20 equine present) and is temporarily closed. The facility of origin of the positive horse, a GA facility, is under quarantine and has a protocol in place for all equine that were present in the facility at the same time as the positive horse. Five horses had already departed from the facility have been contacted and are being evaluated for quarantine. One horse was allowed to leave the facility after the confirmatory test. This horse showing no clinical signs was moved on a VS 1-27 to a quarantine premise.
January 31, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Sunland Park, NM Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
Update on January 30, 2016. The total confirmed positive cases since the last update is 28 horses from 17 exposed barns. No new positives today.
January 30, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Turf Paradise, AZ Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
An update on the EHV-1 incident at Turf Paradise in Arizona. Three horses that came out of Sunland in New Mexico prior to a quarantine being initiated on the track. These 3 horses had limited exposure to other horses prior to being moved into an isolation pen. Subsequently one horse did develop clinical neurologic signs and was put down. A necropsy was performed at UA Veterinary Diagnostic Lab and samples submitted for testing. This horse was confirmed as EHV-! neurologic form from the lab this morning. Currently the track is under quarantine and will continue with racing yet no horses are allowed on or off the track other than those currently there. As of this morning, there are no new cases and the other 2 horses in isolation are not showing any signs of disease.
January 29, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Dupage County, IL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
On January 28, the Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare received notification of laboratory confirmation of EHV-1 (neuropathogenic form) infection in horses being boarded at a private stable in DuPage County. The stable has been placed under quarantine by state animal health officials. The source of the exposure is unknown. At the time of notification, eight horses were affected with two being subsequently euthanized. go to https://www.agr.state.il.us/alerts
January 29, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Turf Paradise, AZ Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
Today, the Department of Agriculture quarantined horses at Turf Paradise after an incident concerning a very contagious virus. The quarantine requires all horses at the track to stay and for no horses to come onto the property for 21 days. The quarantine follows three horses coming into the state from Dona Ana County, New Mexicowhere five horses were diagnosed with Equine Herpes Virus last week.Turf Paradise immediately isolated the three horses following that disease report and monitored for clinical signs. The track is also requiring strict biosecurity measures for all horse owners and personnel at the track.
January 27, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Sunland Park, NM Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
As of January 27th the total number of horses confirmed positive for EHV-1 is 24. Trace outs from the time period between Jan. 2-21 have led us to Texas and Arizona. Three horses were shipped to AZ before the quarantine of Sunland Park was instituted last week and those horses were placed under quarantine at Turf Paradise. From conversations with AZ, it appears the horses were swabbed and tested negative. One of them appears to have become neurologic today. Movement of horses to TX is being traced and there are no reports of clinical symptoms.
January 25, 2016 Equine Herpes Viruses Sunland Park racetrack, NM Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
Here is the most recent information on our current EHV-1 outbreak for the state of New Mexico. To date, 12 horses have been diagnosed as positive for EHV-1 on nasal swab and/or whole blood. These horses are from 9 different barns within Sunland Park racetrack; so far, horses in surrounding areas have tested negative. Of these 12, one horse has been euthanized for neurologic symptoms. No movement of horses is being allowed in or out of the racetrack at this time. Tracing of horses that moved two weeks prior to the date of the index case is underway.