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Equine viral arteritis confirmed

Investigations are ongoing, but at present this appears to be unrelated to the cases in Devon and Dorset earlier in the year.

A new case of equine viral arteritis has been confirmed in a non-thoroughbred stallion on a premises in Shropshire (on 31 July).

Investigations are ongoing, but at present this appears to be unrelated to the cases in Devon and Dorset earlier in the year. No risk to public health exists.

Restrictions

The owner has indicated that they intend to have the stallion castrated, which will address the risk of further disease spread.

Restrictions on breeding and movement have been put in place on the animal, and will remain in force until the risk has been mitigated.

Investigation

Deputy CVO Graeme Cooke said: “We are taking action to limit the risk of the disease spreading by placing breeding and movement restrictions on the animal. A full investigation is continuing to consider the source and possible spread of the infection.

“Owners of mares and stallions are always urged, as a routine, to have their horses tested before they are used for breeding.

“These findings remind us that we must all be vigilant for signs of disease and how essential it is to following strict biosecurity measures.”