FEI Cancels Driving Event Due to EVA Outbreak in France

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI, the international body governing equestrian sport) has confirmed that the driving event scheduled in Les Haras du Pin in France on July 11 has been cancelled because of an outbreak of equine viral arteritis (EVA) in the area.

EVA is a viral disease, which is most often spread by breeding activities (by a stallion spreading the virus through the semen), but can also infect susceptible horses via the respiratory route. The disease is characterized by fever, edema, and abortion.

Movement restrictions have been brought into effect in the departments of Eure and Orne. Horses in the Val de Reuil center where the infection surfaced have been isolated. The FEI advised horse owners planning to travel in these areas update themselves on any movement restrictions in place.

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