Equine viral arteritis confirmed in Devon

Second UK outbreak reported this year. Authorities say new case has “close epidemiological links” with previous breakdown in three horses in April.

The UK’s CVO has today (13 May) confirmed a case of equine viral arteritis in a non-Thoroughbred stallion on a premises in Devon.

The horse has close epidemiological links with the premises in Dorset where the disease was confirmed in three stallions in April.


There is no risk to public health. Restrictions on breeding have been put in place on the animal to limit the risk of the disease spreading and further investigations are ongoing.

Taking action

CVO Christine Middlemiss said: “We are taking action to limit the risk of the disease spreading by placing breeding restrictions on the animals.

“A full investigation is continuing to determine the source and possible spread of the infection. Owners of mares and stallions are urged to have their animals tested before they are used for breeding.

“These findings remind us that we must all be vigilant for signs of disease and follow strict biosecurity measures.”