Five More Horses Positive For Equine Herpes Virus in Florida
FLORIDA- We're watching a developing story out of Marion County.
The outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus centered on the famous "HITS" show in Ocala is growing.
The number of horses that have tested positive has jumped from one to six.
Now the state of Florida has ordered the entire showground to be quarantined.
TV20's Alex de Armas is here to report... officials at HITS are saying the show must go on.
No horses on the HITS showground are allowed to leave the site but horses are still allowed in.
This is after learning about five more horses who were tested positive with EHV1.
All the horses, including the first one diagnosed, have the wild strain type.
One of the horses we just learned about is from Redfield Farm in Ocala.
The other four are from Palm Beach County.
Some of the horses were diagnosed after they left the showground.
And these horses were not in the tent with the first horse to be diagnosed.
The spokesperson for the Florida Department of Agriculture tells me they are concerned but aren't panicking.
"We don't feel it's out of control in any way, and we're not getting calls from other states at this point that a horse was in Florida and it's now here and it's now a problem," said Mark Fagan, spokesperson for the Florida Department of Agriculture. "So it's not out of control. We have a handle on it. We're working with other departments of agriculture in other states. So it's something we have control of and feel this situation will be over sooner than later."
The five horses are currently being quarantined, some at the showground and others at their own facility.
A local veterinarian says they should be just fine since the wild strain type of this virus is not fatal.
There is a seventh horse which has been tested postive in Florida but we still don't know if it was at HITS.
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