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Equine herpesvirus shows up at Golden Gate Fields

January 31, 2007     E-mail this page to a friend!

Albany, CA A mare at Golden Gate Fields aborted a fetus that tested positive for the equine herpesvirus, although the mare herself tested negative for the virus. Five other horses stabled near that mare also tested negative.

Track officials are using extra maintenance procedures to stop the potential spread of the virus: disinfecting the starting gate between races and cleaning pony horses. In addition, horses stabled near the barn where the aborted fetus was found will have their temperatures checked twice daily to catch early signs of illness.

Import restrictions are still in place at Golden Gate, Bay Meadows and Pleasanton. Those tracks will not accept any horses shipping from Los Alamitos, where a stable pony and a racehorse died of equine herpesvirus.