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Four barns at Laurel Park under quarantine after horse tests positive for equine herpesvirus

Four barns at Laurel Park are under quarantine after a horse that was stabled at the track tested positive for equine herpesvirus.

The Maryland Jockey Club canceled its Friday racing card at Laurel Park and placed a temporary ban on horses shipping out from Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course. Horses will be allowed to ship from Pimlico to Laurel for races.

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The infected horse began showing symptoms Saturday and was taken to a medical center in Virginia on Sunday where he tested positive for EHV-1, according to a news release from the Maryland Department of Agriculture. He remains at the medical center and is responding well to treatment.

The department placed a hold on the barn where the horse was stabled and three others containing horses with which he had contact. No other horses are showing clinical signs of the virus, which can lead to respiratory and neurological problems in severe cases.

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Horses from the restricted barns will be allowed to train but not race.

The Jockey Club canceled Friday’s nine-race card because a significant number of entrants are now quarantined. Non-quarantined horses from the program will be added to races on Saturday and Sunday.

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