- Associated Press - Friday, July 1, 2016

RUIDOSO DOWNS, N.M. (AP) - A two-week quarantine of one barn at Ruidoso Downs has been lifted.

Officials at the track say one horse in that barn tested positive for EHV-1 on June 18 and was humanly euthanized.

They say the stable was placed under quarantine and there have been no positive tests in that barn or any other stable at Ruidoso Downs since that incident.

Officials say the strain confirmed in the horse was the neurotropic form of EHV-1, which can cause severe neurological problems in horses.

According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, EHV-1 is contagious and spread through contact - either directly from horse to horse, or indirectly between horses via their human handlers, feed and water buckets, grooming gear, riding tack and trailers.

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