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March 16, 2016
Quarantine Lifted on Thoroughbred Training Facility in Fauquier County
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686

On March 16, 2016, State Veterinarian Dr. Richard Wilkes lifted the quarantine on a Thoroughbred training facility in Fauquier County, Virginia. Officials with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services quarantined the premises after a horse that was relocated to Martin County, Florida on February 22 developed clinical signs consistent with Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) and was confirmed with Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

Since the quarantine was put in place, all exposed horses at the Virginia facility were monitored twice daily for fever and other clinical signs. “I have lifted the quarantine effective today,” said Wilkes, “but I do urge all horse owners to monitor their animals regularly for signs of disease and to observe strict biosecurity as a matter of practice.”

Click here for more information on EHM, or contact VDACS’ Office of Veterinary Services at 804.786.2483.

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