Herpes outbreak puts racetrack under quarantine

Turf Paradise currently houses 1,700 horses and will continue to hold races as scheduled

PHOENIX (AP) – A Phoenix racetrack has euthanize one horse and implemented a quarantine in the wake of a growing herpes outbreak.

Turf Paradise manager Vincent Francia said Friday that two horses under isolation for 21 days so far show no signs of the virus.

They were two of three horses that arrived Jan. 20 from Sunland Park, New Mexico.

Francia says the third horse, a mare, was suddenly unable to stand Wednesday and had to be put down.

Turf Paradise currently houses 1,700 horses and will continue to hold races as scheduled.

However, no horses will be allowed to leave or enter the facility for the duration of the quarantine.

Officials at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino say they have temporarily suspended all races because of the outbreak.

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