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Quarantine Lifted at Beulah Park

The quarantine was in place due to an equine herpesvirus outbreak that ended Jan. 11.

Ohio Department of Agriculture officials Feb. 8 lifted a quarantine at Beulah Park, declaring it safe for horses to move in and out of the facility, following an equine herpesvirus outbreak that occurred between Dec. 22, 2010, and Jan. 11.

The action signifies 30 days have elapsed since the last clinical signs of the disease were detected at the Grove City racetrack.

On Dec. 22 the Department of Agriculture Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory performed a necropsy on a Thoroughbred horse that exhibited signs of neurological illness before it died at Beulah Park. A quarantine was immediately ordered Dec. 23 after laboratory test results from the necropsy substantiated the presence of the EHV�]1 organism.

During the course of the outbreak, the department confirmed the organism in two additional Thoroughbred horses exhibiting the same symptoms that also died at the track.

The ODA in a release said “quick action and bio�]security measures” kept the virus contained. It was the first outbreak in Ohio since 2003, when scientists from the department worked quickly to isolate and characterize the equine herpesvirus strain that caused an outbreak in Hancock County.

“The professional work of staff at Beulah Park was critical in limiting exposure to EHV�]1,” state veterinarian Tony Forshey said in a statement. “Thanks to their cooperation and thorough work in following essential bio-security measures, we were able to quickly resolve this quarantine situation.”