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California polo club's EHV-1 quarantine lifted

February 16, 2012

The quarantine at Indio's Empire Polo Club in California has been lifted following a case of the neurological form of Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

"Release the hounds!!!" a clearly delighted veterinarian, Michael Manno, announced on the Riverside County club's website.

He said on Tuesday that final tests had come back negative and the State Animal Health Department was releasing the EHV-1 quarantine. "Let's play polo."

The club had received a setback earlier in the week when news came through that a horse residing at one of the private stabling areas had a fever and swollen back legs.

Authorities extended the quarantine for one or two days as a precautionary measure.

However, the results of tests ultimately proved negative for EHV-1, allowing the quarantine to be lifted.

The polo club was locked down late in January after a gelding tested positive after displaying poor hind limb co-ordination and urine dribbling.

He lay down and had to be euthanized.



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