Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) in Ocala | WEC- Ocala Recommends Precautionary Biosecurity Measures

OCALA, Florida – March 2, 2021 – World Equestrian Center – Ocala management has been made aware that a horse in the Ocala area has tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1). There have been no positive cases at World Equestrian Center – Ocala.

As we continue to closely monitor the situation, the World Equestrian Center management recommends that all exhibitors follow a heightened hygiene protocol adding extra precautions to prevent any issues from arising at the horse show: 

  • Take temperatures of all horses twice daily and maintain a log.
  • Isolate any horse exhibiting symptoms or illness and report any cases to the show veterinarian and horse show management.  Horses with symptoms will be moved to an on-site isolation area. 
  • We recommend no sharing of equipment between horses including feed and water buckets.
  • Handlers should wash hands in between handling horses and maintain proper biosecurity protocols in the barn. 
  • Maintain distancing between horses at the ring and in the barn.  No nose-to-nose contact between horses. 

World Equestrian Center – Ocala will continue to observe proper biosecurity protocols and disinfect the barns and property on a regular basis.  All stalls are fully disinfected weekly as they are turned over between barns.   

At this time, World Equestrian Center – Ocala events will continue as scheduled.

If you have questions please contact horse show manager TJ Campbell, director of operations Vinnie Card or on site veterinarian, Dr. Larry Wexler DVM