Britain's EVA Case Described

Britain's Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced that its recent case of equine viral arteritis (EVA) occurred in a non-Thoroughbred stallion which was passing through the country from Holland to New Zealand.

The 5-year-old Warmblood stallion was in quarantine at the time at the National Stud in Newmarket when a routine blood test in October revealed the disease.  

Reid Coulter, the National Stud general manager, said: "The results indicated that the horse had been previously exposed to the equine arteritis virus and therefore he was placed in isolation. All other animals in the quarantine facility were also tested and have since been exported.

"The stallion concerned was removed from the premises and has remained in quarantine elsewhere, under continuing Defra statutory restrictions. No National Stud personnel or bloodstock were in contact with any of the quarantined animals at any time."

Huw Neal, the vet responsible for the National Stud, commented: "At no point has there been any risk to the National Stud or its resident stock. This incident will not affect future management of the stud
during the 2005 breeding season."

The Levy Board's codes of practice for preventing and controlling venereal disease in horses were followed.

The British Thoroughbred Breeders' Association as well as the chairman of the Levy Board's veterinary panel, John Parker, have issued statements saying that this stallion posed no threat to bloodstock in the U.K.

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Mark Popham

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

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