Following the successful implementation of protocols for horses returning to the UK who might potentially have been impacted by the EHV-1 outbreak in Europe, British Equestrian has reported that the disease risk in the UK is nearing normal levels. However, the recommendation on the use of health self-certification forms for UK equine gatherings remains in place for the foreseeable future to help manage the risk.
British Equestrian’s Equine Infectious Diseases Action Group (EIDAG) has considered data on the prevalence of EHV-1 diagnosis in UK over the last three years and concluded that, while EHV-1 remains a persistent and ever-present threat, the mildly increased disease risk level announced on 18 March is now dropping towards the baseline number of cases seen in any other year.
They reported that the process of monitoring and laboratory testing, which was imposed on horses that had been in direct contact with EHV-1 outbreaks at competitions in the Iberian peninsula and subsequently across Europe, is going extremely well.
British Equestrian reported that while some of the horses currently suspended from competition were still to complete the protocols that will enable them to compete in the UK, all horses that have completed the laboratory testing option detailed in the protocols have thus far shown no active infection. Currently, there is no change to the EIDAG’s recommendation that these testing protocols must be completed in full before these horses return to competition.
See full details of British Equestrian's latest update here.
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