Posted on 13th January 2020

EHV-1 outbreak update 13/01/20

Update on EHV-1 outbreak (8.15pm 13th January 2020)


On Thursday 9 January, the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) issued an update following the confirmed diagnosis of EHV-1 (Equine Herpes Virus) at an equestrian centre in Hampshire, which has now been named as Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre in Fareham.

In consultation with the Animal Health Trust, the BEF is today strongly recommending that any horse or pony who visited Crofton Manor EC between 20 December and 7 January is tested by a veterinary surgeon for EHV. This is in addition to the originally recommended isolation period of 14 days and daily clinical monitoring.

Owners of any horses or ponies who have been to Crofton EC in the specified should liaise directly with their veterinary surgeon on the testing process and advice. 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.

The BEF recommends that all horse owners remain vigilant for signs of the virus, maintain excellent biosecurity and consult with their vets if they are concerned.

British Eventing would encourage all members who may be affected the outbreak to behave responsibly to minimise the risk of the spread of this disease.

The BEF and British Eventing are following advice issued from the Animal Health Trust and are in regular contact with them. The advice issued states that all equines who have recently visited the centre are immediately isolated for a period of 14 days whilst veterinary advice and laboratory test clearance is given.