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January 21, 2006
Mare at PN has positive herpes test

A horse based at Penn National Race Course has been diagnosed with a case of equine herpesvirus.

West End Lady, owned by Richard Bosshard and trainer Todd Beattie, was confirmed positive for the disease yesterday.

West End Lady, a 5-year-old mare, has been removed from Penn National's backstretch, race secretary Paul Jenkins said yesterday.

West End Lady raced earlier in the month in Maryland; more than 110 horses in three barns are being isolated at Pimlico. Two horses based there have been euthanized and one of them, News Reporter, tested positive for the virus, known as EHV-1.

As a precaution, Penn National is not accepting entries from any Maryland racetrack or any horse that has competed or worked at a Maryland track since Jan. 9. Horses from Philadelphia Park are allowed to enter Penn National, but are not permitted to return to the Bensalem track.

Cases of equine herpesvirus have also been confirmed at Turfway Park in Kentucky. The disease spreads by close contact. Symptoms include fever and an upper respiratory infection.

Horses suffering from EHV-1 can also have a cough, nasal discharge and poor appetite; Beattie first noticed problems with West End Lady when she went off her feed. Blood tests confirmed the presence of the virus.

Source : WL tribune