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Meadows' backstretch closed due to EHV

January 24, 2018
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The Meadows is presently a closed horse community due to a horse testing positive for EHV-1. The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission made the announcement this morning. No horses are being allowed to ship in or ship out of the backstretch at The Meadows to limit any possibility of spreading EHV through the equine community.

In addition, due to deteriorating track conditions, The Meadows canceled its Wednesday racing program.

The Equine Disease Communication Center website posted a Disease Oubreak Alert regarding Equine Herpes Virus at The Meadows on Wednesday (Jan. 24).

Following is the Alert: The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture was notified today that a Standardbred horse at The Meadows Racetrack in Washington, Pa., had showed clinical signs consistent with Equine Herpes Virus Myeloencephalopathy. The horse has tested positive for EHV-1 and is currently under medical treatment.

Two barns at The Meadows are currently under quarantine due to a horse that moved earlier from the original exposed barn. This horse causing the second barn’s movement restriction is not showing clinical signs. A daily monitoring period for clinical signs in the remaining exposed, asymptomatic horses is ongoing.

Updates will be posted as they become available.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

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