Maryland Jockey Club officials quarantined a barn at the Bowie Training Center Saturday as they awaited the results of test to determine if a horse in that barn had a virus that causes respiratory infection and neurological disease, authorities said.
In a news release, officials said a suspected case of so-called equine herpesvirus prompted them to place a “hold order” on Barn 16 at the Bowie facility — meaning no horses can go in or out until they are cleared by state agriculture officials. The barn holds 27 horses of the 490 at the Bowie Training Center, authorities said.
Equine herpesvirus 1, sometimes called “rhino,” is known to cause upper respiratory infection and neurological disease, and it is generally transmitted through coughing, sneezing or direct contact, authorities said. The horse suspected to be infected by the virus was euthanized Saturday, authorities said.