EHV outbreak in Europe

Many of you will have seen that there is currently an outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV-1) in Europe, originating in competition horses in Spain. Equine herpesviruses occur in horses worldwide, and many horses infected with EHV-1 will show only mild signs of respiratory disease. However, EHV-1 can also cause abortion in pregnant mares and, in a small percentage of cases, neurological signs (Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy – EHM). Unfortunately the current outbreak in Europe has involved many horses showing neurological signs and several fatalities.

As a result, British Showjumping has put in place measures for the management of horses returning from a number of European countries. British Showjumping has also provided guidance on EHV vaccination prepared by the BEF Equine Infectious Disease Advisory Group with support from the British Equine Veterinary Association.

Please see the following link for current guidance from British Showjumping. https://www.britishshowjumping.co.uk/news/British-Showjumping-Management-of-showjumpers-returning-to-UK-from-high-risk-areas-of-Europe

Recommendations regarding vaccination for EHV are dependent on the specific circumstances of an individual horse or group of horses. Please speak to your vet to discuss whether vaccination is recommended for your horse or premises.

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