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Horse Was Positive for Virus, Quarantine Ordered

12/09/2008 7:43 AM ET

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Department of Agriculture has quarantined a Kent County horse barn where a Standardbred horse tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1.

Authorities say the horse began showing symptoms Wednesday. Blood and nasal samples tested positive and the barn was quarantined on Saturday. The horse was euthanized on Sunday.

The quarantine is in effect for 21 days. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Anne Fitzgerald says no other horses have showed symptoms of the infection.

The department is not identifying the name and location of the farm. Standardbred horses are bred for harness racing. Officials say the horse had no record of racing at Dover Downs but may have been in contact with horses that raced there.

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