Turf Paradise Horses Banned in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 7, 2015) -- The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) announced Thursday that all horses stabled at or en route from Turf Paradise will be denied access to California racetracks and other facilities within the Board's jurisdiction due to the California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) determination that a horse at Turf Paradise was confirmed to have vesicular stomatitis (VS). In fact, horses from confirmed VS premises are not allowed by the CDFA into California.

Horses previously stabled at Turf Paradise that already have entered CHRB-controlled facilities have been placed under special surveillance and health monitoring. VS is a contagious viral disease that affects horses, cattle and pigs. It can be transmitted by insects or through animal-to-animal contact.  While human infection is not common, the virus can produce flulike illness in people.

Additional information is available at the CDFA website.