As the cases of EHV-1 in Europe and the United States continue to spread, we here at Nation Media want to make sure we’re keeping our readers up-to-date on cases near them.
In an effort to compile as much information concerning the European EHV-1 outbreak and the crop of cases scattered about the U.S., we’ll be continuously updating this post with new cases, updates from the FEI and USEF, and biosecurity measures that have been implemented at events around the country. We’ll make every effort to keep tabs on this important information but can always use help; please email [email protected] with any verified information that we may have missed.
While there has not been a mass lockdown at most facilities that have seen cases, we encourage all owners to carefully consider their horses’ movements. EHV-1 is a highly transmissible and aggressive virus, and the incubation period of anywhere from 2 to 10 days means a traveling horse may be a carrier, unbeknownst to the owner.
The Equine Disease Communication Center is providing updates on reported cases on a regular basis. You will need to select the form of EHV you want to search for in order to run the locator. At this time, there has been no connection made to the outbreak stemming from Spain that has shut down FEI competitions in Europe.
FEI AND USEF UPDATES:
The latest timeline updates and figures from the FEI can be found here. As of March 11, there have been 12 confirmed deaths from EHV-1 in Europe. Meanwhile, horses are set to begin leaving the venue in Valencia, where they have been quarantined since February.
US Equestrian held an informational webinar on March 5 to educate members on the EHV-1 virus and biosecurity precautions to take. It can be viewed here.
A previous US Equestrian press release outlines biosecurity measures horse owners and riders can take. You can view the release here.
HORSE TRIALS & VENUE BIOSECURITY MEASURES:
- Three-Day Health Certificates will be required for each horse coming to Red Hills.
- Health Certificate Extensions will not be accepted.
- Each horse will have its temperature checked upon arrival at the showgrounds. Any horse with a sustained temperature of 102 degrees or more, and all horses traveling with that horse, will be asked to leave the show grounds.
- Twice daily temperatures will be required to be taken and recorded for every horse on grounds during the event.
- Please be sure to pack thermometers!
- Competitor Note: all horses must have their vaccine records emailed to [email protected] before arriving on grounds. Horses must have been vaccinated within 6 months of attending the show!
- No horses who have been to/from Europe and/or Florida within the last month will be allowed on the show grounds.
- Procedures: Please take a moment to refresh yourself on basic bio-security with your horses, so we can stay safe and healthy at Copper next weekend:
- don’t let your horse touch noses with other horses
- don’t share tack
- use separate rags for each horse
- when filling water buckets, do not drop hose into the bucket
- Competitors have been advised that a 72-hour health certificate will be required on entrance to Carolina Horse Park
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