Officials at the World Equestrian Center—Ocala in Ocala, Florida, announced on March 9 that the febrile horse that had been stabled in Barn D on the property has tested negative for equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy.
The horse was transported to the University of Florida after it presented with a high fever on March 6. Barn D was placed under quarantine until test results were confirmed. Two horses who’d previously been stabled at Barn D and developed symptoms after leaving WEC Ocala are still being treated for EHV-1.
“Based on the negative test result, the State of Florida, World Equestrian Center—Ocala veterinarians and management have lifted the quarantine on the 16 horses currently housed in Barn D and horse showing will continue as scheduled,” stated a press release from the show.
Show officials have increased biosecurity measures, and horses that have traveled to another Florida competition venue or have been exposed to horses that have been at other Florida venues in the last 10 days will not be allowed on the showgrounds. Ship-in entries are no longer permitted, and any horse entering the property must present a health certificate from a licensed veterinarian dated within seven days to the horse show office.