Five Horses at Turfway Confirmed Positive for EHV

(report courtesy of
The Kentucky State Veterinarian's Office announced Dec. 30 that, while 11 horses from Turfway Park's Barn 26 that previously tested positive for equine herpesvirus now test negative, five horses still tested positive. They quarantined seven horses in the outrider's barn.

Barn 26 horses were sampled on Dec. 28. Included among the five horses that remain positive for equine herpesvirus is a filly that had been hospitalized but was released on Wednesday.

After one pony horse demonstrated a fever earlier in the week, those horses were tested. One horse was reported as PCR positive Dec. 29 from buffy coat with additional diagnostics supporting a conclusion of EHV infection. Arrangements were being made for other ponies to be available for training and racing.

Since first demonstrating a fever, the pony has remained in the barn but had not had direct contact with other horses, noted the report from the state veterinarian's office. In addition, bio-security and containment measures were implemented.

An inspection of the barn and horses conducted Dec. 30 did not reveal evidence suggesting additional animals have contracted the virus.

As a precaution, horses in that barn were included in the quarantine, with samples scheduled to be collected Jan. 2 to more clearly define the disease status of the barn of horses.

Turfway Park and the horsemen are attempting to find a suitable location that would allow these animals to be removed from the grounds.

Horses in Barn 26 that were tested and found negative will be permitted to go to the track for limited and restricted exercise beginning as early as Jan. 1.

The next round of testing of horses in Barn 26 is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 4.