KY Equine Industry Groups:
During the past several weeks, our office has received notifications and/or alerts regarding disease events in other states that could impact (directly or indirectly) our populations here in KY; thus I am taking this opportunity to share with you the latest information we have.
- EHV1 at Parx Racing in Bensalem PA.
During the month of January, a horse stabled on the grounds of Parx Racing in PA presented with a respiratory ailment determined to be caused by an Equine Herpes Virus Type1. The backside of Parx was under Quarantine that ended January 30. Following the release of the quarantine, we continued to disallow horses entry onto a KY track or training center through the 10th of February. Horses were permitted to enter KY and stable on farms. During this period of time, a small number of horses that had moved to KY were tested for EHV1 by PCR, and thus far all have been reported NEG. With no evidence of the disease spreading to other venues from Parx, we did begin on February 11th allowing horses from Parx to enter and stable at KY tracks and training centers.
- EIA Positive horse at Gulfstream Park in FL.
The FL Department of Agriculture made notification on February 7 that a horse at Gulfstream Park was tested and found positive for Equine Infectious Anemia. During the course of their epidemiologic investigation, we received notification of two horses that had moved from the affected barn to KY earlier this year. With the information provided, we were able to quickly locate, identify, and collect diagnostic samples from both of the horses. The first was a horse stabled at Turfway Park and the second, a horse at The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington. Each horse had entered KY incompliance with our entry requirements and each was found to be negative on the samples we collected by both the AGID and ELISA assays for EIA. The Florida barn at Gulfstream remains under quarantine pending each of the exposed horses testing negative.
The more recent disease concern:
- EIV at the World Equestrian Center (WEC) in Wilmington OH. We did last week receive notification of Equine Influenza virus affecting multiple horses at the World Equestrian Center (Hunter/Jumpers) in Wilmington OH. During the week we had several conversations with the veterinarian at the facility as well as OH Animal Health Officials. We’ve worked with KY horsemen to assist facilitating the movement of horses from the Wilmington facility to their home bases in KY. Horses moving to KY from the facility in OH are being isolated on arrival and closely monitored. Our understanding is samples from affected horses have been submitted to the University of Kentucky’s Maxwell H Gluck Center where sequencing of the virus is being completed. We are encouraging our horsemen to review with their veterinarian each of their horse’s vaccination status and determine if there might be a need and benefit to boost the immune response based on risk factors.
The following link provides the latest information released on 2/15 by the WEC. https://worldequestriancenter.com/update-total-of-nine-confirmed-equine-influenza-cases-at-wec/
E.S. Rusty Ford
Equine Operations Consultant
Office State Veterinarian