The Thoroughbred Center EHV-1 Quarantine On Two Barns Remains In Place

The office of the Kentucky State veterinarian released the following statement regarding the ongoing EHV-1 quarantine at The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky.:

THOROUGHBRED CENTER: Biosecurity, implemented at Alert Status, remains in effect. Barn 3: There have been no new fevers or other clinical evidence of disease since the initial febrile horse on 2/13.

The horses residing in this barn continue to be considered ‘Exposed’ (having had positive horses removed and placed in quarantine at barn 7).

The horses that initially test negative are allowed onto the track for restricted and suprervised exercise during specific time allotments when no other horses are out.

Our plan is to assess and resample horses residing in Barn 3 next week.

Barn 7 continues to serve as our Positive Horse Isolation.  These horses remain in the barn, hand walked in the shed row and are assessed and tested as scheduled.

Barn 30 – There have been no fever or other clinical evidence of disease since the initial febrile horse on 2/15.

The horses residing in this barn continue to be considered ‘Exposed’ (having had positive horses removed and placed in the designated quarantine at barn 7).

The horses that initially test negative are allowed onto the track for restricted and suprervised exercise during specific time allotments when no other horses are out.

Our plan is to assess and resample horses residing in Barn 30 late next week.

Below does describe the protocol followed in KY when releasing barns from quarantine at race tracks, training facilities and other similar venues:

Our protocol is established and implemented to manage the disease event and mitigate further disease transmission. The foundation we work from requires the barn’s last exposure to clinical cases being greater than 14 days (adjusted upwards if warranted) and the barns entire population testing negative by PCR on both nasal swab and whole blood buffy coat.  Our opinion is that utilizing daily monitoring, defined time from last exposure, and having those findings supported by diagnostic testing that demonstrates the population is negative are essential to mitigating the risk associated with disease events in environments such as these.  This protocol has worked well for us in the past and we appreciate the commitment, cooperation and diligence provided by all horsemen in response to efforts to manage disease risk as efficiently as possible.

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