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UPDATE: New Info in FL EHV-1 Outbreak

 Updated March 5, 2013
The gates at HITS Ocala are manned 24 hours a day by Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ personnel, according to Mark Fagan, a spokesman with the department.
HITS was placed under quarantine due to concerns of a more widespread EHV-1 outbreak on February 27th. Movement of horses onto the grounds is now prohibited. The quarantine is keeping 1300 show horses at the facility. Although allowed to compete, it remains in effect for a minimum of
21 days from the last exposure, which was February 20th. Fagan says the quarantine is scheduled to expire on March 13 – unless any horses test positive.
Any horse showing febrile, respiratory, or neurological signs will be tested for EHV-1. Fagan says there are state veterinarians on site to treat horses as necessary.
On February 20th, the Division of Animal Industry was notified that a horse participating at the show had been referred to the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, after exhibiting clinical neurological signs. The horse tested positive for EHV-1, wild-type strain. It was stabled in Tent 7 on the grounds which prompted a quarantine of the tent. The horse remains at the university and is in stable condition.
State veterinarians began monitoring horses at HITS Ocala and tracing exposed horses that left the showgrounds. As a result of the investigations, five additional horses were found to be positive for EHV-1. Those horses were housed in Tents 3 and 6 adjacent to Tent 7. One horse is under quarantine at Redfield Farm in Ocala. Four horses were placed under quarantine at Miles Away Farm in Loxahatchee. One of these four horses developed neurological signs and was transported to the University of Florida.
Another horse associated with HITS, which never showed any clinical signs of EHV-1, also tested positive. It is located at Calder Farms in Ocala.
Additional exposed horses that were stabled in Tents 3, 6 and 7 and moved prior to the HITS quarantine have been placed under quarantine around the state. The following is a list of facilities that are currently under quarantine.
Current Quarantined Farms 
Chestnut Hill Farm – Wisconsin based farm, Ocala temporary location
Hardford Farm – Reddick
Calder Farms – Ocala
HITS Showgrounds – Entire Facility
Redfield Farm – Ocala
Miles Away Farm – Loxahatchee
Up Country Farm / Synergy Farm – Ocala
Montera Farm – Ocala
Flutterby Farm – Ocala
Foxwood Farms – Pinellas Park
Black Forest Farm – St. Augustine
Littlewood Farm – Wellington
Brookmore Farm – Oviedo
POD-F Farm (Littlewood Farm) – Wellington
Released from Quarantine
FEI Tent on Wellington showgrounds – February 28
Tequestrian Farm – Wellington – March 4

Updated March 4, 2013 
Two additional farms have been added to the quarantine list in Florida. The farms were stabled in Tent 3 on the HITS showgrounds during the known exposure period. They are Hardford Farm in Reddick and Chestnut Hill Farm located in Ocala.
Mark Fagan, a spokesman with the Florida Department of Agriculture, tells Rate My Horse PRO the HITS quarantine is set to expire on March 13 – unless any horses test positive.
Wellington’s Tequestrian Farm is no longer under quarantine as of March 4. The farm was initially quarantined due a horse testing positive for EHV-1. It was imported from another state and isolated at the farm on arrival.
This case is the only one of the current 7 across the state not believed to have a connection to the HITS outbreak. The horse never developed neurological signs and the quarantine was released after fourteen days. State officials say there is no evidence of transmission, no clinical signs on the farm and all horses are testing negative on the premises.
Current Quarantined Farms 
Hard Ford Farm – Reddick
Chestnut Hill Farm – Ocala temporary location
Calder Farms – Ocala
HITS Showgrounds – Entire Facility
Redfield Farm – Ocala
Miles Away Farm – Loxahatchee
Up Country Farm / Synergy Farm – Ocala
Montera Farm – Ocala
Flutterby Farm – Ocala
Foxwood Farms – Pinellas Park
Black Forest Farm – St. Augustine
Littlewood Farm – Wellington
Brookmore Farm – Oviedo
POD-F Farm (Littlewood Farm) – Wellington
Released from Quarantine
FEI Tent on Wellington showgrounds – February 28
Tequestrian Farm – Wellington – March 4

Updated March 2, 2013
Florida veterinarians have confirmed a new case of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in the state. They say the case is connected to the HITS Show in Ocala, which brings that total up to six, including the index case. 
The horse has no clinical signs of disease and is located at Calder Farms in Ocala, according to a press release. The horse remains clinically healthy with no signs of EHV-1 infection.
One of the four infected horses at Miles Away Farm in Loxahatchee developed neurological signs Friday. The horse is being treated at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine.
An infected horse remains at Redfield Farm in Ocala.
The additional positive horses were detected after leaving the grounds. They were stabled in Tent 3 and Tent 6 in proximity to Tent 7, which housed the index case. The state placed the entire HITS Ocala facility under quarantine on February 27.
No horses at the show have tested positive since the original case started showing neurological symptoms on February 20. The horse remains in stable condition at the university.
Florida Department of Agriculture Spokeswoman Amanda Bevis says 1300 horses remain on the HITS Ocala grounds. The competition continues as scheduled. She says horses are allowed on the property to compete, but once they’re on the property the horses can’t leave until the quarantine is lifted by the state – in 21 days.
A horse not believed to be linked with any of the HITS-associated quarantined premises also tested positive for EHV-1 this week. It is located at Tequestrian Farm in Wellington.
Quarantined Farms
Calder Farms – Ocala     
HITS Showgrounds – Entire Facility
Tequestrian Farm – Wellington
Redfield Farm – Ocala
Miles Away Farm – Loxahatchee
Up Country Farm / Synergy Farm – Ocala
Montera Farm – Ocala
Flutterby Farm – Ocala
Foxwood Farms – Pinellas Park
Black Forest Farm – St. Augustine
Littlewood Farm – Wellington
Brookmore Farm – Oviedo

POD-F Farm (Littlewood Farm) – Wellington

Released from Quarantine

FEI Tent on Wellington showgrounds – February 28

Authorities say horses that were at HITS since February 5 should be closely monitored and fevers greater than 101.5 F should be reported. Strict bio-security measures for at least 21 days after departure from HITS are also recommended.

Additional movement requirements have been put in place for California. The state now requires a negative test for Equine Infectious Anemia, obtained within the six (6) months before date of entry, and a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) with a body temperature recorded for each horse in the shipment. A vet must do the temperature taking according to the requirements.
There are currently EHV-1 cases reported in New Jersey, Utah, and Quebec, although not related the Florida outbreak according to authorities.

Updated February 28, 2013 
An Incident Command Team comprised of state and federal personnel is being mobilized to implement appropriate control measures after five additional horses that are linked to the HITS Show in Ocala have tested positive for the EHV-1 wild type. All horses at HITS are now under quarantine.
One of the horses is located at Redfield Farm in Ocala, and four are located at Miles Away Farm in Loxahatchee, Florida.
Another horse, not linked to the HITS premises, has also tested positive for EHV-1. This horse is located at Tequestrian Farm in Wellington, Florida.
None of the six new positive horses have shown neurological symptoms.
The infected horses exhibited symptoms after leaving the showgrounds according to officials. They were stabled in Tent 3 and Tent 6, which were in proximity to Tent 7, which housed the index case. That horse remains in stable condition according to state officials.
Recommendations for horses that have shown at HITS since February 5 include close monitoring of animals, reporting of fevers greater than 101.5 and strict bio-security measures for at least 21 days after departure from HITS.
 
Quarantined Farms
HITS Showgrounds – Entire Facility
FEI Tent at Wellington – Showgrounds
Tequestrian Farm – Wellington
Redfield Farm – Ocala
Miles Away Farm – Loxahatchee
Up Country Farm / Synergy Farm – Ocala
Montera Farm – Ocala
Flutterby Farm – Ocala
Foxwood Farms – Pinellas Park
Black Forest Farm – St. Augustine
Littlewood Farm – Wellington
Brookmore Farm – Oviedo
Kings Ridge Farm – Reddick
Updated February 28, 2013
Wellington Update
Equestrian Sport Productions states the two horses tested for EHV-1 that were located in the FEI Stabling at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center came back negative. The quarantine on FEI Stabling, which was set by the State of Florida Department of Agriculture has been lifted.
Competition will resume as scheduled for the CSIO classes.
All other competition for the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has been running as scheduled.

February 27, 2013
A horse stabled in the Grand Prix Village located in Wellington, Florida has tested positive for the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1.) The animal tested negative initially with the nasal PCR swab, but positive to the blood test, according to a statement from Equestrian Sport Productions.
The infected horse was never on the PBIEC property and was isolated on a private farm in Grand Prix Village. However, two horses from that location were moved into the FEI Stabling. Within FEI Stabling, those animals had no other horses directly next to them or behind them, and those two horses couldn’t touch noses with other horses, according to show officials.
On Tuesday night, February 26, the two horses from Grand Prix Village that were in FEI Stabling were moved back to their farm in Grand Prix Village on the recommendation of the State Veterinarian. That farm in Grand Prix Village is now under quarantine.
The State of Florida Department of Agriculture has temporarily closed the FEI Stabling. No horses will be allowed to leave or enter the location until tests come back on all horses.
Due to the recent events, there are some schedule changes and cancellations.
Today’s two $5,000 CSIO Welcome Stake classes have been cancelled.
For Thursday, February 28, the schedule will start with the G&C Farm 1.45m (class 1003), followed by the Hollow Creek Farm Young Rider, Junior, and Children’s Classic classes (106, 107, 108).
Announcements about the $43,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 8 will be released as soon as possible.
On Thursday, February 28, the $35,000 G&C Farm Puissance has been postponed indefinitely.
The WEF Sport Horse Auction at The Stadium at 7 pm will proceed as planned.
Biosecurity protocols were enacted on February 22 according to show officials and are still in place until further notice. Equestrian Sport Productions is recommending all equestrians, especially those stabling off PBIEC property, to enact biosecurity protocols and be proactive and responsible for their horses, including daily temperature charts.
Additional movement requirements or restrictions have not been imposed by Florida or any other states at this time.
Owners are asked to practice prudent bio-security on their farms and to report any suspected cases of EHV-1. For reporting, you may call 850-410-0900 Monday through Friday 8:00am-5:00pm and 1-800-342-5869 after hours and weekends.