Ruidoso Downs Lifts Barn Quarantine
The 14-day quarantine ended Friday morning.
June 30, 2016
The 14-day quarantine of one barn at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack was lifted on Friday morning.
One horse in the quarantined barn tested positive for EHV-1 on June 18 and was humanely euthanized. The stable was placed under quarantine, and there have been no positive tests in that barn or any other stable at Ruidoso Downs since that incident.
There are several strains of EHV; none of them are transmissible to humans. The strain confirmed in the horse was the neurotropic form of EHV-1, which can cause severe neurological problems in horses.
According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, EHV-1 is contagious and spread through contact: either directly from horse to horse, or indirectly between horses via their human handlers, feed and water buckets, grooming gear, riding tack and trailers.
“I want to sincerely thank all the horsemen for their cooperation,” said Ruidoso Downs’ racing integrity liaison Dennis Monroe. “The quick and comprehensive response of everyone involved was a key factor to eliminate this individual case from spreading.”
Ruidoso Downs did not alter its racing schedule.
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