THREE horses have died and another three fallen sick after a suspected salmonella outbreak at the Miami Animal Import Center which has been temporarily shut down to new arrivals of horses.

The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Agency (APHIS) reported that the Miami Animal Import Center will be temporarily closed to new arrivals of horses beginning on January 19th to March 31st. APHIS is investigating to determine the specific cause but salmonella is suspected, and the facility is stepping up biosecurity and taking additional precautions to prevent any further disease spread.