Canterbury Requires EHV-1 Vaccine

Horses entering Canterbury Park's backside will be required to have equine herpesvirus vaccine.

Q-Racing Journal

Due to a recent outbreak of equine herpes virus (EHV-1) in Minnesota, Canterbury Park at Shakopee, Minnesota, is taking preventative measures to ensure the welfare of horses on the track's backside.

The track, which is set to open its live racing meet on May 16, will, effective immediately, require all horses entering the grounds to be vaccinated for EHV-1 between 14 and 60 days prior to entry. This must be documented on the accompanying Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate).

While the vaccine may not prevent neurological disease, it does significantly decrease shedding of the virus and provides some herd immunity.

The state's outbreak was first reported several weeks ago. According to a Facebook post made by the Stillwater Equine Veterinary Clinic on March 31, there are 10 recognized cases and three deaths associated with the outbreak.

EHV-1 is a highly contagious virus, and can cause respiratory disease, abortion in broodmares or neurologic problems. It is spread by horse-to-horse contact or via humans or contaminated equipment. The disease is not transmittable to humans.

The incubation period of infection can range up to two weeks.

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