Britain Taking EVA Precautions

Mares shipped from Ireland to Britain are being tested for the respiratory and venereal disease equine viral arteritis (EVA). This practice has been routine in recent years for mares visiting Britain from the rest of Europe.

Tests on horses from two Irish studs have shown evidence of exposure to the disease, which has not affected any Thoroughbred stallions in Britain. British stallions are vaccinated twice a year against EVA, a practice that has been resumed following an interruption in the supply of vaccine early last year.

The positive test results in Ireland this year are believed to be linked to a previously reported outbreak of EVA at an Irish stud in 2003.

British breeders are advised to become familiar with the code of practice on EVA and strictly apply the code in consultation with their veterinarian, test and vaccinate breeding stallions and teasers, ensure that all mares coming from abroad--including Ireland--are isolated and tested for EVA, ensure that only horses of equal EVA status from studs of equal EVA status are transported together to avoid lateral spread and, if in doubt, request proof from the transporter.

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Mark Popham

Mark Popham also writes for The Blood-Horse, sister magazine to The Horse.

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