Interim ICC Report – February 2019 #08 (13.02.19)

Interim Report Feb 19 #8 (13.02.19) – Report from France on EHV-1 Abortion, EHV-4 Abortion & EHV-4 Respiratory Infection and from UK on EHV-4 Infection & Equine Influenza

France

Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) Abortion

On 13 February 2019, RESPE reported a case of EHV-1 abortion on a premises in Vosges. The positive diagnosis was confirmed by PCR on fetal tissues by LABEO Frank Duncombe. There has been one other case of abortion at the premises.

 

Equine Herpes Virus-4 (EHV-4) Abortion

On 13 February 2019, RESPE reported a case of EHV-4 abortion on a premises in Allier. The positive diagnosis was confirmed by PCR by LABEO Frank Duncombe.

 

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

On 13 February 2019, RESPE reported a case of EHV-4 respiratory infection on a premises in Orne. The affected horse is a yearling French Trotter that presented with coughing, lymphadenopathy and nasal discharge. There are reportedly five horses with clinical signs among a group of 40. Positive diagnoses were made by PCR on nasopharyngeal swabs.

 

United Kingdom

Equine Herpes Virus-4 (EHV-4) Infection

On 12 February 2019, AHT confirmed an outbreak of EHV-4 on a premises in Suffolk. The affected horses are unvaccinated yearling non-Thoroughbreds and they presented with pyrexia but were otherwise bright and eating. There are a total of three with pyrexia, amongst a group of 18 and all are being closely monitored. The positive diagnosis was confirmed in one of the three with clinical signs by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab.

 

Equine Influenza (EI)

On 11 February 2019, AHT confirmed an outbreak of EI on a premises in Sussex. There are three unvaccinated non-Thoroughbreds displaying clinical signs of coughing, nasal discharge and pyrexia. Positive diagnoses were made by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swabs. The affected horses have been isolated.

 

On 12 February 2019, AHT confirmed an outbreak of EI on a premises in Leicestershire. There are two unvaccinated non-Thoroughbreds displaying clinical signs of coughing, nasal discharge and pyrexia. Both were recently imported from Scotland and have been isolated. Positive diagnoses were made by PCR on nasopharyngeal swabs. The affected horses have been isolated.

 

On 12 February 2019, AHT confirmed an outbreak of EI in Worcestershire. The laboratory confirmed positive case is an unvaccinated non-Thoroughbred that presented with serous nasal discharge. There are a total of eight unvaccinated in contacts, of which most have a harsh cough and all appear to be bright and eating. The positive diagnosis was confirmed by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab. The premises is being isolated and this will continue until two weeks after clinical signs have been resolved.

 

On 13 February 2019, AHT confirmed a case of flu in an unvaccinated Thoroughbred on a non-racing premises in Sussex. The affected horse was recently imported from Ireland and developed a cough the day after arrival. Clinical signs progressed to pyrexia and lethargy. The positive diagnosis was made by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab. There are a total of two vaccinated in contacts and they are not currently demonstrating any clinical signs.

 

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International Collating Centre