Interim ICC Report – February 2019 #02 (04.02.19)

Belgium

Equine Influenza (EI)

On 21 January 2019, EFPB reported an outbreak of EI on a premises in West Flanders. There are two affected horses, both are unvaccinated and presented with coughing and pyrexia. There is one in contact. Positive diagnoses were made by PCR on nasal swabs.

 

France

Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) Abortion

On 1 February 2019, RESPE reported additional cases of EHV-1 abortion on a premises in Calvados. The first case of this outbreak was reported on 9 January 2019 (ICC Jan 19 #05). There are a further three affected Thoroughbreds and positive diagnoses were made by PCR on placental tissue. There are a total of 20 horses at the premises.

 

Equine Herpes Virus-4 (EHV-4) Respiratory Infection

On 4 February 2019, RESPE reported a case of EHV-4 respiratory infection on a premises in Calvados. The positive diagnosis was confirmed by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab by LABEO Frank Duncombe.

 

Strangles

On 4 February 2019, RESPE reported three separate outbreaks of strangles. The first was on a premises in Mayenne. The second was on a premises in Val-de-Marne. Positive diagnoses were made by PCR on nasopharyngeal swabs by LABEO Frank Duncombe. The third case was on a premises in Ille-et-Vilaine and the positive diagnosis was made by PCR on a guttural pouch lavage by LABEO Frank Duncombe.

 

United Kingdom

Equine Influenza (EI)

On 1 February 2019, AHT confirmed a case of EI on a premises in Yorkshire. The affected animal is an unvaccinated seven-year-old native Irish breed pony that was imported a few days prior to developing pyrexia, nasal discharge and coughing. The positive diagnosis was confirmed by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab. The horse has been isolated since arrival.

 

USA

Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA)

A case of EIA was reported by track officials at Gulfstream Park Racetrack, Florida on 31 January.  According to the report, the infected horse is located in Barn 3.  All remaining horses in the barn have been tested by local veterinarians and found negative for the infection.  Results of confirmatory testing by the State’s Division of

Animal industry are pending.  Only horses negative for EIA will be allowed to race.  Presently, horses from Barn 3 are allowed train at a specially designated time after the rest of the general population.  This precautionary measure will remain in place for at least two weeks according to the director of equine health and safety at the track.

Kind regards

International Collating Centre