No online updates about temporary suspension of horse imports in Miami after three deaths

Credit : USDA/APHIS

Wednesday 23 January - 16h57 | Ian Clayton

No online updates about temporary suspension of horse imports in Miami after three deaths

In the wake of three horse deaths in a suspected salmonellosis outbreak at the Miami Animal Import Center in Florida, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) stopped accepting new equine imports there last Saturday. Still, government officials said APHIS’ operations were continuing unaffected throughout the federal government shutdown in the country, as its services are considered critical and the employees are fee-based and  are being paid.

Nevertheless, the United States Department of Agriculture Inspection Service web site is not currently being updated, as the above image indicates, “due to a lapse in federal funding,” and can not presently be consulted for ongoing updates into the situation.

As reported in The Horse and elsewhere, an official with the Service’s field operations said the agency began suspecting an outbreak after several horses started exhibiting symptoms on January 16. Three were subsequently euthanized, and the facility will now undergo a complete cleaning and disinfection in parallel with an investigation into the incident. The APHIS also stated that horses planned to be shipped to Miami during this period can instead travel to privately-operated arrival facilities or have their itinerary changed.

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