Update Regarding Equine Herpesvirus Myelocencephalopathy Cases in Southern California

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Horse quarantined in stall. Smerikal

Newsdate: Friday, March 17, 2023 - 8:00 am
Location: THERMAL, California

Over the last several days, the CDFA has announced two reported cases of Equine Herpesvirus Myelocencephalopathy; one in Los Angeles County and one in Riverside County. We have been in close communication with the CDFA to ensure that there was no potential for impact from these two cases on our property.

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Both cases occurred in horses of different disciplines (polo and saddlebred). Contact tracing suggests no interaction between horses from these two incidents and any horse from our facility.

Upon learning of the Riverside County event, out of abundance of caution we closed the horse park to daily haul-ins and horses from local farms in the area. This policy will remain in effect through end of day Sunday, March 19, when competition concludes.

These cases are all important reminders to be diligent in our collective biosecurity efforts so we can ensure we maintain a safe environment at the horse park.

Please reach out to us at info@deserthorsepark.com with any questions or concerns. Let’s go have a great last week of showing!

Press release by by Tori Bilas

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