Disease threat lifted from Badminton Horse Trials

Disease threat lifted from Badminton Horse Trials

Disease threat lifted from Badminton Horse Trials
There have been several cases of EHV confirmed in Gloustershire recently, too date there have been no confirmations of the Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV-1), which can cause respiratory disease, abortion and neonatal mortality, mutating to Equine Herpes Virus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) a severe viral brain and spinal fluid infection that can result in death. To safeguard the horse population within an establishment the British Equestrian Federation has put together  a document of recommendation and basic steps in protecting your horses against EHV. Equine influenza was reported from France, Germany (one case), the UK (three outbreaks), and the USA. Key demographic findings of this study indicated that horses which were kept on livery yards and riding schools were likely to be found in urban environments, some distance away from the owner’s home and vaccinated against influenza and herpes virus. The temperature sensitive and host range mutant clone 147 of equine herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1) was assessed for its ability to protect conventional, susceptible adult horses against respiratory infection by EHV-1 and equine herpesvirus 4 (EHV-.. equi pathogenicity by stimulating an overzealous and inappropriate Th1 response that may interfere with the development of an effective immune response… Isolated cases of the disease were diagnosed in Germany (one outbreak) and the UK (two outbreaks).

2010 Nov;17(11):1790-6. equi), is the most frequently diagnosed infectious disease of horses worldwide with over 600 outbreaks identified each year in the UK alone ( Parkinson et al., 2011). EHV-1 respiratory disease was confirmed in France (three outbreaks), the U.K. Abortions due to EHV-1 were reported from Germany (one outbreak), Ireland (four outbreaks), Japan (three cases on two premises), Sweden (one outbreak), the UK (two outbreaks), and the United States (three outbreaks). Although this risk is considered to be acceptably small (but never zero in the case of EHV-1) in ‘elite’ athletic horses such as those attending the Badminton Horse Trials. One research project on EHV-1 is “Molecular characterization of neurovirulent EHV-1 strains,” a two-year study funded by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation that began last year.

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