The Thoroughbred suffering from equine herpesvirus that led to a 21-day quarantine at Payson Park Thoroughbred Training Center in Indiantown, Fla., has necessitated a similar quarantine in Virginia.
Florida state veterinary officials determined the horse who tested positive for equine herpesvirus type 1 Feb. 29 at Payson Park was recently shipped to the Florida training center from a training facility in Fauquier County, Va.
The State Veterinarian’s Office of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer services was notified by Florida officials of the EHV-1 case. Virginia officials placed the Faquier County training facility under quarantine, but did not name the training facility.
Virginia officials said all exposed horses at the Faquier County facility will be monitored twice daily for fever and other clinical signs of EHV-1. Officials said March 2 that, to date, no exposed horses in Virginia have shown clinical signs of disease or been febrile, but the monitoring will continue throughout the quarantine period. In addition to the horses exposed at the training facility, the investigation has revealed only one other exposed horse that traveled out of state.
EHV-1 can infect the respiratory tract, causing disease that varies in severity from sub-clinical to severe and is characterized by fever, lethargy, anorexia, nasal discharge, and cough.
The index horse traveled from Virginia to Florida with additional horses that off loaded in South Carolina. The South Carolina State Veterinarian was notified and has taken similar precautions for those exposed horses. The Equine Disease Communication Center noted March 2 that an earlier report it issued about a quarantine in South Carolina was not accurate.
State animal health officials in Virginia and Florida will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as warranted.