Many of you will be aware of the outbreak of EHV-1 at Crofton Manor in Hampshire.  Some of our members may have been at the venue the weekend before the outbreak.   With that in mind here is a list of the precautions that your vets would give along with The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket who are currently monitoring the outbreak.

 

EHV -1 is usually spread by direct contact from horse to horse BUT can be spread by humans on our hands or indeed equipment. So good biosecurity will help this. So, if you can keep all contact the same, isolate any new arrivals for three weeks, not always easy to do, ensure human visitors to the yard that have other horses elsewhere abide by good biosecurity i.e. washing hands, changing clothes etc. this will help.

 

If you were at the actual event you should isolate for a period of 14 days, seek veterinary advice such as blood testing and rectal temperature monitoring twice daily, if possible, of the horses that attended the event and so should the rest of the yard. Contacting your vet is an extremely good idea to set this in motion, as blood tests are being carried out and sent to the Animal Health Trust.

 

Symptoms are: –

 

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 also suddenly and unexpectantly miscarry their unborn foal.

 

With all this in mind think about where you exercise your ponies and who you go with while this outbreak is being monitored.  Further advice will be forthcoming through the next few weeks.