Hold order lifted at Laurel Park barn

LAUREL, Md. (AP) -- State agriculture officials have lifted a hold order on a Laurel Park barn after all 25 horses there tested negative for neurologic equine herpesvirus in a second round of tests.

Maryland Department of Agriculture officials lifted the order Wednesday, 11 days after the last known viral exposure in the barn.

When a 2-year-old filly in Barn 1 tested positive for EHV-1 on Nov. 12, the Maryland Jockey Club announced no horses would be allowed to ship into Laurel Park except those from the Bowie Training Center. That order was lifted last week, but 60 horses were barred from leaving the grounds until the hold order was lifted.

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