Euthanized horse at Kent County farm had virus


The Maryland Department of Agriculture announced today that a horse euthanized last week on a private Kent County farm was infected with the equine herpes virus (EHV-1).

One horse on the farm which was exhibiting neurologic signs appears to be improving and moving toward an anticipated full recovery. One additional horse, which had a fever, is being treated. Initial PCR tests on all clinically affected horses were positive for EHV-1.

The farm received a horse from Pimlico Race Course on Jan. 10 before track officials closed movement to and from the facility. The Kent County farm is primarily a boarding and training operation for sport horses, not race horses, and is not affiliated with any race track.

The Maryland State Veterinarian placed a hold order on the farm on Jan. 26. The order will remain in effect for 21 days after the onset of the most recent confirmed case. There has been no movement of horses on or off the farm and there are no other reported cases in Kent County or any other off-track location in Maryland.

Originally published February 3, 2006, 3:03 PM EST

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