A third possible case of EHV-1 has now been connected to Barn D at the World Equestrian Center, Ocala, Florida. Horse show management was made aware in the late evening of Saturday, March 6, that a horse in Barn D was presenting with a high fever, according to a press release. They had the horse removed from the grounds and sent to the University of Florida for testing, isolation and observation.
Two other horses stabled in Barn D previously developed high fevers after leaving WEC and subsequently tested positive for EHV-1. Both horses came from the same home barn, Chestnut Hill, in Ocala.
“The first horse was gone from WEC for nine days when it developed symptoms and tested positive. A second horse from the same farm left WEC and days later was home when it got symptoms and subsequently tested positive,” said T.J. Campbell, WEC—Ocala horse show manager, in a statement issued mid-day Monday, March 8. As of press time they had not yet received results from the third horse’s test.