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Hawthorne: Barn of horses kept in isolation following signs of unidentified illness
By Marcus Hersh
STICKNEY, Ill. – A barn of horses on the Hawthorne Race Course backstretch was placed in isolation Sunday after two horses with what appeared to be respiratory infections showed symptoms of neurological distress.
No tests have yet been performed on the horses, and thus they have not been diagnosed with a particular illness. Samples will be sent to a laboratory Monday morning – the soonest possible -- but lab-test results might not be available until Wednesday. One primary concern is that the animals could have contracted equine herpesvirus, a highly transmissible disease with potentially serious consequences for infected individuals.
Dr. Dawn Folker-Calderon, the state-employed veterinarian at Hawthorne, said Barn A had been placed in isolation Sunday morning after a horse showed signs of neurological distress late Saturday night. Horses won’t be permitted in or out of the barn, and humans leaving its confines must disinfect themselves. One horse residing in Barn A, trained by Roger Brueggemann, was scratched from Sunday’s Hawthorne card. The barn houses horses trained by Brueggemann, Jim DiVito, Mickey Goldfine, and Joe Kasperski.
Hawthorne assistant general manager Jim Miller said security guards had been stationed at the barn to ensure that state-established protocols were being followed.
also, re: parkinson's drugs. no prescription required in any pharmacia in mexico. just ask for it. is the picture clearer now? lie detector tests are the answer. any racetrack licensee who refuses to take one, gets immediately barred. it's as simple as that. you will never stop the drugs. never.
if it's neurological distress, it's drugs, not infectious. many trainers use drugs used in treating parkinson's disease on their horses. this is to keep them focused on the race. very dangerous category of drugs. racehorses are not tested for these drugs. it goes straight to the central nervous system. 5 or, max, 6 races on these drugs, and the horses are as good as dead. it' s all about the vets, and the pharmacies. believe it.
I have been doing a bimonthly radio program on equine infectious diseases and have brought up the fact that a barn is a very hard place to ensure biosecurity. It speaks volumes for those people on the front lines, grooms, trainers etc that we are able to keep many many diseases from circulating down the shedrows. I think the hard work of our grooms has prevented many an outbreak. A simple thing like sharing a cleaning brush from other horses to clean out feeding tubs can spread infectious disease. I have gone to various racetracks and demonstrated biosafety in the barn. Hope they find out soon when the labs come back what we are dealing with. Other racetracks in the area, and as far away as Woodbine need to be monitoring for symptoms of this disease.
Keeping good thoughts that the infected horses all heal swiftly and completely and that the other horses in the barn with them have not been infected. I hope the two horses who are known to be sick show courage and fight hard against this illness. The article didn't mention how many horses were involved in the quarantine in total. May the skills of the vets involved be superior to enable all of the horses to regain their excellent health.
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