Horse in Florida Develops EHV-1 Neurological Signs

One of the four horses testing positive for EHV-1 at Miles Away Farm in Loxahatchee, Fla., has now developed neurological signs, the Florida Department of Agriculture reported yesterday. The horse is being treated at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and is one of the six additional horses linked to HITS Ocala that originally tested positive for EHV-1.

Calder Farms in Ocala has now also been placed under quarantine, but the horse there that originally tested positive for EHV-1 after HITS Ocala remains clinically healthy and shows no signs of infection. A horse not connected to HITS Ocala and located at Tequestrian Farm in Wellington has now also tested positive for EHV-1.

The FEI tent at Wellington Showgrounds was released from quarantine on Thursday after test results came back negative for the horses stabled on the premises. The following farms and premises remain under quarantine:

  • HITS Showgrounds, Ocala – entire facility
  • Up Country Farm/Synergy Farm, Ocala
  • Montera Farm, Ocala
  • Flutterby Farm, Ocala
  • Foxwood Farms, Pinellas Park Black Forest Farm, St. Augustine
  • POD-F Farm (Littlewood Farm), Wellington
  • Brookmore Farm, Oviedo
  • Kings Ridge Farm, Reddick
  • Tequestrian Farm, Wellington
  • Redfield Farm, Ocala
  • Miles Away Farm, Loxahatchee
  • Calder Farms, Ocala

* The quarantines do not necessarily encompass the entire premises.

Florida and other states have not imposed movement restrictions at this time. Please remember to practice biosecurity measures as the threat of EHV-1 remains. Suspected cases of EHV-1 can be reported by calling 850-410-0900 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-800-342-5869 after hours and weekends. Check this PDF from the Florida Department of Agriculture for the most up-to-date information on the EHV-1 outbreak.

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