Bucks County racetrack quarantines horses due to virus

Written by Tim Lambert and The Associated Press | Feb 23, 2014 6:40 AM
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(Bensalem) -- A Bucks County racetrack has quarantined 74 horses after one tested positive for a strain of a contagious herpes virus.

The state Agriculture Department says the move at Parx Casino and Racetrack in Bensalem is a precaution.

Spokeswoman Samantha Krepps says isolating the horses protects the other animals from potential respiratory and neurological symptoms as a result of Equine herpesvirus Type 1, also known as EHV-1.

"The reason we quarantine the animals, of course, is because we don't want those animals getting in contact with other animals," she says. "The horses that we did quarantine were in contact with the subject horse."

The airborne virus can also cause abortion and kill foals. It is not a threat to humans.

The two barns and horses will remain under quarantine for at least three weeks.

Last November, several horses at the Bensalem track were quarantined when they showed signs of respiratory to neurological impairment linked to the disease. It was lifted in January.

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