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10 January 2020

Statement on the EHV-1 outbreak

Statement on the EHV-1 outbreak

The Pony Club is aware of the diagnosis of a case of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) at an equestrian centre in Hampshire on 8th January 2020. Local branches have all been informed and the centre is to be praised for their swift action in locking down all activities and cancelling shows and bookings. The Animal Health Trust advises that all horses who recently visited the centre are immediately isolated for 14 days and owners seek veterinary advice regarding clinical monitoring and laboratory test clearance.

EHV-1 is a contagious disease that can be spread through direct and indirect contact, with the virus surviving in the environment for several weeks.

Clinical signs include a high temperature, coughing, nasal discharge, lethargy and loss of appetite. Severely affected animals can display neurological symptoms and pregnant mares can miscarry.

We recommend that all our members remain vigilant for signs of the virus, maintain excellent biosecurity and consult with vets if concerned.

Our Biosecurity Policy can be downloaded from our website here.

The Pony Club will continue to follow  The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) advice.