Results of testing for Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) on a horse in one of the quarantined barns at Calder Race Course came back negative the morning of Dec. 5, allowing for the quarantine on that barn to be lifted, thus unrestricting the activity of all the horses in that barn, including racing.
Three barns at Calder remain under quarantine conditions implemented Nov. 30 after a horse in one of the barns was diagnosed with the contagious equine disease. The fourth barn had been placed under quarantine Dec. 3 while the sample on a horse that exhibited symptoms was sent to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture – Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center for testing.
Precautionary operational procedures including bio-security measures continue at Calder to reduce the risk of further contamination. The temperatures of horses in the quarantined barns are taken twice daily and horses exhibiting a fever over 102 degrees, nasal discharge, or chronic cough are immediately tested. There have been no other horses demonstrating symptoms thus far.
Calder has targeted Dec. 13 to lift shipping restrictions on the entire stable area and Dec. 20 to lift the quarantine for the three barns based on no horses testing positive for EHV-1.