Indiana eliminates required blood test for horses

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The Indiana State Board of Animal Health has voted to permanently lift a rule that required race tracks to test for a blood-borne disease in horses.

The board ordered tracks two years ago to begin testing for equine piroplasmosis after a growing number of cases were reported at thoroughbred and quarter horse race tracks around the country. The board temporarily lifted the requirement in January. The change is expected to save race horse owners more than $200,000 a year in testing expenses.

The disease, known as EP, is caused by two parasitic organisms and is primarily transmitted to horses by ticks. It also can be spread by contaminated equipment, such as needles. Cases can be mild or acute.

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