ORC: Be Cautious Of EHV-1

Published: January 2, 2013 03:03 pm EST

On Wednesday, January 2, the Ontario Racing Commission released a notice to the industry in response to a case of the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) at Sports Creek Raceway.

The ORC stated that it has been made aware of the case which has to do with a horse that raced at the Michigan racetrack on December 19.

Due to the report of this confirmed case, ORC Veterinarian Supervisor Dr. Bruce Duncan has advised that Ontario racetracks need to be cautious.

“The racing industry is very mobile," Dr. Duncan was quoted as saying in the release. "While it is up to the discretion of the track, I strongly recommend that race secretaries not accept entries from horses that have raced at this track in the past 30 days.”

The ORC has stated that it is closely monitoring the situation and that any further developments will be reported.

(With files from the ORC)