Kentucky EHV: Cases Confirmed at Turfway, Keeneland

The Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office reported late Jan. 24 that testing has confirmed additional equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) cases at Turfway Park, in Florence, and Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington.

Testing was conducted after a mare previously stabled at Turfway Park tested positive for the wild strain of EHV-1 late last week.

At Turfway Park, E.S. “Rusty” Ford, equine programs manager for the State Veterinarian’s Office, said, “the sampling of horses in the affected barn … did identify two additional horses (from one trainer—a 4-year-old Thoroughbred gelding and a 9-year-old Thoroughbred mare) to be EHV-1-positive by PCR detecting the ‘wild strain’ of virus from nasal swabs.”

Ford said there have been “no clinical developments in the horses currently housed in Barn 27 and options for removing those two positive horses from the environment and managing the barns remaining population are being evaluated and considered tonight.”

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