Three months after Australia's first-ever outbreak of equine influenza, an independent inquiry into the history and management of the outbreak is uncovering troubling flaws in the government's quarantine procedures, according to recently published inquiry transcripts.
Quarantine protocols will be enacted to enable Japanese horses to compete in the 2007 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has lifted a quarantine order for half of barn 47 at Churchill Downs, which was placed under quarantine Oct. 26 after a was found to be infected with equine herpesvirus.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced in a statement Oct. 30 that it lifted a quarantine order for half of Barn 47 at Churchill Downs, which was placed under quarantine Oct. 26 because a horse was found to be infected with equine herpes virus (EHV-1).
- By Ric Chapman
Racing Victoria has breathed a huge breath of fresh air into the Thoroughbred industry in Australia by going against the recommendations of its sister states in the wake of an equine influenza outbreak, but the problems is far from resolved.
The spread of equine influenza in Australia could cause the Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) to be run later than usual. Forty-seven horses have tested positive.
The suspected diagnosis of equine influenza in a quarantined stallion is potentially the biggest risk ever faced by the billion-dollar Australian Thoroughbred industry, federal Agricultural Minister Peter McGauran said.
- By Esther Marr
Veternarians in North America have commended Australian quarantine authorities for sticking with their stringent quarantine measures to protect the country from an outbreak of equine influenza after a quarantined horse at Eastern Creek near Sydney showed clinical signs consistent with the virus.
- By Mark Popham
The movement of horses to and from the United Kingdom hasn't been affected by the recent small outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease at two farms in Surrey in southern England. Overseas-trained runners can continue to run in races in Great Britain providing the correct certification has been completed.
- By Tom LaMarra
Weeks of lobbying by the horse industry proved successful the evening of Aug. 2, when the United States House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to remove from the Agriculture Appropriations Act language that could have stymied the movement of horses by cutting off funding for inspections.
With the equine herpesvirus outbreak (EHV-1) in Florida under control, officials are cautiously optimistic things will return to normal.
Calder Racecourse's Grand Slam III card will be short seven scratched entries as a result of a Dec. 29 decision by Florida state officials to keep the equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) quarantine in place at Payson Park Training Center.
- By Ryan Conley
Barring an always-possible turn of events, the recent outbreak of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) in Florida might have a minimal impact on the state's racetracks.
New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority officials are awaiting test results on a horse that shipped from a Canadian farm to the Monmouth Park backstretch and is suspected of having equine herpesvirus.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture has lifted the hold order on Barn A at Pimlico Race Course after 21 of the 25 horses in the barn tested negative for equine herpesvirus.
State veterinarian Robert Stout rescinded the quarantine order on Barn 27 at Turfway Park, the last order in place following an outbreak of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) at the track. The release signals the end of all quarantine restrictions at Turfway.
The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office lifted the quarantine of Barn 26 at Turfway Park Jan. 19 after results of tests taken the week of Jan. 9 indicated negative results for equine herpesvirus.
As surrounding states took steps to protect their racetracks from Maryland horses that could be carriers of equine herpesvirus, officials and horsemen in Maryland dealt with the fallout.
- By Tom LaMarra
A second barn at Turfway Park has been quarantined because of equine herpesvirus, which was first discovered at the Northern Kentucky racetrack the week before Christmas.
Horses in Barn 26 at Turfway Park were to be retested the evening of Dec. 28 for evidence of equine herpesvirus to determine if any other horses are positive for the virus, said Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. Results are expected by the weekend.
- By Tom LaMarra
Turfway Park heightened precautionary measures Dec. 23 after a 3-year-old filly was diagnosed with equine herpesvirus, a contagious disease with respiratory and neurological symptoms.
A barn at Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky was placed under quarantine Dec. 21 after a horse showed signs of suspected equine herpesvirus, a contagious upper respiratory and neurological disease.
The first horse to exceed the established limit of 37 millimoles in New York Racing Association's new blood gas testing program has been cleared through a second battery of tests over a three-day quarantine period conducted in the race day security barn at Belmont Park.
Test results on the last three horses remaining in equine herpes virus quarantine at Churchill Downs found that all traces of the virus are gone from their systems and all three have been cleared to rejoin the general horse population at the track.
Horses from the last of three Churchill Downs barns under quarantine because of an equine herpesvirus outbreak resumed regular training hours and racing June 12.
Under the new raceday security protocol in effect at Belmont Park, all starters for the 137th Belmont Stakes (gr. I) must be on the Belmont backstretch no later than noon Friday. At that time, security officers will be in place to watch each entrant.
- By Dan Johnson
The quarantine at Prairie Meadows was relaxed slightly June 8 to allow horses to enter the stable area, but no horses will be allowed to leave the grounds until test results for a possible equine herpesvirus case are known.
- By Dan Johnson
Horses in one barn at Prairie Meadows in Iowa have been quarantined due to a possible case of equine herpesvirus.
- By James Platz
The Indiana Board of Animal Health has lifted a quarantine placed on 45 horses confined to the receiving barn at Indiana Downs.
- By James Platz
The receiving barn at Indiana Downs will be quarantined for the remainder of the Thoroughbred meet given the fact two horses have returned positive tests for strangles, an equine respiratory diesase.
The American Horse Council has been informed that effective Nov. 5, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will close the Atlanta Equine Complex, which has served as an export-import facility for horses.
The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type-1 has been confirmed as the cause of disease in two Maryland horses infected during a deadly outbreak this spring.
A private horse farm in Montgomery County, Maryland, has been under a voluntary quarantine since March 25 while veterinarians investigate the cause of illness in 12 horses, four of which have been euthanized, the Maryland Department of Agriculture said May 25.
Keeneland, which opens for its spring meet April 4, is requiring all horses that enter the grounds to have a health certificate written within 72 hours of arrival.
With no additional positive tests for Equineherpes virus-1 since Feb. 26, Penn National Race Course was prepared to lift the quarantine of horses stabled in Barn U on March 19, track general manager Richard Schnaars said.
Kentucky Derby contender Essence of Dubai and Kentucky Oaks hopefuls Tempera and Imperial Gesture arrived safely in Kentucky on Wednesday.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave its approval today to a foot-and-mouth quarantine facility at Aqueduct. The decision will make it easier for European horses to compete in Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship prep races at Belmont Park.
Hoof and mouth quarantine restrictions on imported European horses is keeping some horses out of major Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships prep races at Belmont Park. NYRA hopes to secure an exemption to the quarantine rules next week and have a quarantine facility at Aqueduct set up in time for races on Sept. 29.
Australia Quarantine and Inspection Service media officer Carson Creagh denied AQIS was succumbing to political pressure with its import ban and denied that the decision was not based on scientific motivation, a charge levelled by Quentin Wallace and John Messara , the CEOs of International Racehorse Transport and Arrowfield Stud.
Australian quarantine officials reacted quickly to the confirmed case of Foot and Mouth disease in France by expanding its horse ban to the whole European Union. Australia's Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) stated the import ban would also apply to any other country in which foot- and-mouth disease is endemic, or in which there is an outbreak. This means Argentina was an immediate and automatic inclusion to those 'temporarily suspended'.
Calling a fatal incident of Japanese encephalitis an "isolated incident," an official with the Hong Kong Jockey Club said its international racing festival on Dec. 17 will go on as scheduled and that it will be "business as usual" for one of the world's most successful Thoroughbred operations.
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