U.K. Equine Viral Arteritis Restrictions Lifted

The stallion that tested positive for equine viral arteritis (EVA) has been returned to its country of origin and restrictions on the quarantine premises where it was being kept have now been lifted.

The horse, which had been imported into the United Kingdom, had already been in quarantine in the Newmarket area of Suffolk in anticipation of onward exportation when tests confirmed EVA.

A subsequent investigation revealed the stallion had come into contact with three mares still in the United Kingdom. These were tested for EVA and all the results were negative.

The stallion had not been used for breeding purposes while he was in the country. All other in-contact horses have been exported, and the authorities in the importing countries have been informed.

The investigation by the country's Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, which started in October, is now complete.

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