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EHV-1 Outbreak Triggers US Quarantine

Tuesday, 27th February 2007

In the US, "multiple facilities in Virginia & Maryland have been placed under quarantine due to an outbreak of EHV-1 (equine herpes virus) believed to have originated from the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Virginia," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. The Virginia Department Of Agriculture & Consumer Service confirmed state officials "imposed a quarantine on the Leesburg medical facility after 3 horses demonstrated signs of the life-threatening neurological form of EHV-1". Six farms in Virginia which housed horses "that may have come in contact with the 3 horses suspected of having EHV-1 were also quarantined" & "restrictions were placed on 5 additional facilities of interest in both Virginia & Maryland as a pre-emptive strike due to new information from the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center". Overall 13 facilities have been quarantined in Maryland & Virginia.

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