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450 horses quarantined at Warren County Fairgrounds for herpes, but racing on at racino

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 1:22 PM

Warren County Fairgrounds quarantined due to horse herpes cases, but racing still on at Miami Valley Gaming with horses from other locations.

About 450 horses stabled at the Warren County Fairgrounds are under a quarantine declared on Thursday by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

The quarantine is one of a handful around the state declared because horses have tested positive for Equine Herpes Virus (EHV).

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Still, Miami Valley Gaming in Warren County is expected to hold racing, beginning tonight using horses from other locations in the region not under quarantine.

“You’re not going to get it under control unless they shut down Miami Valley for 21 days,” owner James Schulte said during a meeting Friday at the fairgrounds in Lebanon. “This is a major epidemic.”

State officials advise against moving horses because of the growing number of horses testing positive.

“We want owners to move their horses as little as possible,” said Mark Bruce, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “Every time you do you’re putting your horse at risk.”

However, Bruce said the state could not prevent the movement of horses and people necessary to pull off the harness racing meet at the track at the racino in Turtlecreek Twp., just east of the Ohio 63 interchange at Interstate 75.

“Our actions are in step with those taken in nearby states, especially for a virus that does not pose a threat to human health,” Bruce said in an email.

Last week, the state said positive tests had been done on four horses at separate locations around the state, including Endeavor’s Pride, which had raced at Miami Valley Gaming in Warren County twice in January.

The quarantine in Lebanon was called this week after another horse at the fairgrounds, “Believe in the Spirit,” tested with a score high enough to indicate it was “shedding” the virus, Bruce said Friday.

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”It’s producing virus that can be contracted by other animals,” he said.

This brings to six the number of quarantines due to positive tests for the virus.

Horses at the University of Findlay farm are under quarantine, but not due to exposure to the horses from Pennsylvania believed to have originally carried the virus into Ohio.

In addition, horses were in quarantine at a building at the veterinary college at The Ohio State University in Columbus, a stable in Ross County and the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds, Bruce said.

In addition, the Larry Finn Stable outside Xenia, where Endeavor’s Pride was stabled, remained under quarantine, he said.

However, Bruce said there had been “no other serious clinical signs.”

EHV can spread quickly from horse to horse and can cause three different forms of disease: rhinopneumonitis (a respiratory disease of mostly young horses), abortions in pregnant mares, and the neurologic disease EHV-1 myeloencephalopathy, which can be fatal to horses.

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EHV can be spread through the air or by contaminated clothing and equipment. It’s important that horse owners practice strict biosecurity measures in order to protect their animals and prevent any further spread of the disease. Veterinarians may submit nasal swab samples to the ODA’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory for testing.

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Rain, storms to start the work-week

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:50 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 11:01 PM

Storm warnings in area

WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST:

  • Clearing expected overnight
  • More widespread showers and storms Monday
  • Drying out Wednesday through Friday

DETAILED FORECAST:

5-Day Forecast

Tonight: More dry time and clearing is expected overnight tonight, though a stray shower can’t be ruled out. Temperatures overnight will drop into the lower 60s.

Monday: Better chance for showers and storms returns. Highs will be in the upper 70s.

Tuesday: A few lingering showers, maybe a few storms are likely for the first part of your day. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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Wednesday: It looks like we finally dry things out on Wednesday under partly sunny skies. Highs again will be in the lower 80s.

Thursday: Mostly sunny skies for your day with highs in the lower 80s.

Friday: We push closer to the mid 80s with partly sunny skies.

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist Brett Collar

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2018 Billboard Music Awards: Ed Sheeran, Janet Jackson, Taylor Swift top winner list

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 8:50 PM

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20:  Recording artist Khalid accepts the Top New Artist award onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Khalid accepts the Top New Artist award onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Singers, songwriters and recording artists were awarded at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards Sunday in Las Vegas. 

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Top Artist

Billboard Chart Achievement Award

Icon Award

Top Country Song

Top Selling Album

Top Rap Song

Top Social Artist

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

Top Female Artist

Top Hot 100 Song

Top New Artist

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Kelly Clarkson calls for ‘moment of action’ to honor victims of Texas school shooting at Billboard awards

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 8:23 PM

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20:  Host Kelly Clarkson speaks onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Host Kelly Clarkson speaks onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

In a moving and somber start to the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Kelly Clarkson called attention to the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas that left 10 dead and another 13 wounded.

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Instead of a moment of silence, however, Clarkson, who said no one should be in fear to go to school called on the crowd, and viewers, to honor the victims with a moment of action. 

"Once again we're grieving for more kids that have died ... I'm so sick of moment of silences ... it's not working," an emotional Clarkson said. "Mommies and daddies should be able to send their kids to school."

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Passenger ejected from car on I-75 being treated for life-threatening injuries

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 7:18 PM

UPDATE @ 8:05 p.m.:

A car rolled over multiple times, ejecting a rear passenger during a single-vehicle accident on I-75 northbound near mile marker 78, Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed.

The person was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital for life-threatening injuries.

Police are currently investigating what caused the accident.

The northbound center and left lanes are closed, but should reopen within the next half hour, OSP said. 

FIRST REPORT:

An accident on I-75 northbound near mile marker 78 has caused at least one person to be ejected, Miami County dispatch confirmed.

Scanner reports indicated the car rolled over several times and injuries could be fatal.

We are working to learn more and will update this story with more details as they become available.

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