Update 2/10/17 at 2:35pm
Turfway Park – Results of testing from the population of horses in the quarantined barn have been reported, and with it having been greater than 14 days since the population was last exposed, the quarantine is released and horses in the barn are under no further restrictions.
With this barn now released, there are no racing or training facilities in KY under quarantine for EHV1.
Previously positive horses do remain under regulatory monitoring and remain quarantined in secured isolated areas.
We appreciate the commitment, and cooperation of KY’s horsemen, track managers, racing officials, veterinarians and all others who worked to resolve these events.
Racing at Turfway continues uninterrupted. Trainers shipping in to race or train will continue to be assigned stabling in the receiving barns unless the individual trainer has stalls permanently assigned on the backside. All horses entering the stabling area are required to present valid certificates (EIA and CVI) qualifying the horse’s entry onto the backside. The CVI must include statements that demonstrate a valid vaccination history.
Horses with history of having been at Fair Grounds in LA (or other LA facility where EHV has been diagnosed): We continue to disallow these horses entry onto a KY race track or their associated training facilities without meeting defined requirements. These requirements can be viewed on our web page at www.kyagr.com/statevet, following the link to the EHV updates and protocols
Update 2/10/17 at 11:15am
Keeneland’s barn on Rice Road that has remained under quarantine, is today released from the quarantine and all associated restrictions.
Testing of this barn’s population of horses that had been exposed to EHV1 was completed today (2/10/2017) with each horse testing 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 of results – The KY Office of State Veterinarian has released the quarantine imposed on January 22, 2017 and horses from this barn are under no further restrictions. With this release, we have no barns at the training center under quarantine or restriction. Previous positive horses do remain under regulatory monitoring and are quarantined at a secured segregated area off the site and will remain so until they too are confirmed negative by PCR testing.
Report to the Equine Disease Communication Center:
1/21/17 @ 5:20pm
The Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian has placed an order of quarantine on a barn on the backside of Turfway Park after a horse from that barn was tested by a PCR assay and determined to be positive to Equine Herpesvirus Type-1 ‘wild strain.’ The horse, a 2014 Thoroughbred filly, had been stabled in the barn at Turfway from October 30 through January 19, 2017. The sample, a nasal swab, was collected as the filly was being moved to a private facility to prepare for breeding in 2017. The filly is currently in isolation offsite on a private farm.
In response to the report of a positive result, the Office of the State Veterinarian did issue a directive on Friday night, January 20, that horses in the affected barn are confined to the barn and an order of quarantine issued on Saturday morning. Security is in place, with only essential personnel granted access to the barn and caution being taken on exit to ensure sanitation. Results of testing are expected to be available Monday evening, January 23. In the interim, horses are confined to the barn. After the risk is better defined, the Office will develop schedules to allow eligible horses in the barn to work on the track outside normal training hours after all other horses have returned to their barns.
Rusty Ford, equine programs manager for Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout, was on the grounds throughout the day on Saturday, January 21. Meeting with trainers in the quarantined barn, track management, attending veterinarians and racing officials, Ford stated, “Because proactive measures were implemented at Turfway Park earlier in the meet, including restricted access and controlled movement of horses onto the backside and the elevated biosecurity implemented in all common areas, we are optimistic our efforts will pay a dividend and that we have minimized risk of disease transmission on the backside.”
After reviewing movement records of horses in and out of Turfway, we also have preliminarily identified a potential point of exposure involving two barns at the Keeneland training center. Each of those barns also has been placed under quarantine, and arrangements are being made to sample those horses. As at Turfway, in the interim horses in those barns are restricted to their barn areas and not permitted to train. As our epidemiology investigation continues, we will be better able to define what direct and indirect exposure may have occurred and adjust our strategies as needed.
As in the past, Kentucky horsemen, tracks and racing officials recognize and appreciate efforts made to control disease transmission and accept the short term inconvenience and associated cost for the long term benefit of racing in the Commonwealth.
E.S. Rusty Ford
Equine Programs Manager
Office of State Veterinarian
502/782-5919 – Direct
502/782-5901 – Division Animal Health
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