Interim ICC Report – February 2019 #15 (25.02.19)


Piroplasmosis abortion

A pregnant Thoroughbred mare imported from France on 29 January 2019, was found to have pyrexia and limb oedema on arrival.  She delivered a premature foal which died within minutes of birth on the 16 February. Post mortem examination of the foal showed lesions of acute septicaemia. Blood samples taken from the mare on the 5 February and the 19 February were ELISA test positive for Basbesia caballi. The blood sample from the mare taken on the 19 February and tissue samples from the dead foal were PCR positive for Babesia caballi.



Equine Influenza

On 22 February 2019, AHT confirmed an outbreak of EI on a premises in Cornwall. There are a total of two unvaccinated non-Thoroughbreds that presented with coughing, nasal discharge and pyrexia. Both horses were new arrivals on the premises and presented with clinical signs the day after arrival. They were exported from Ireland three days prior to developing clinical signs. Positive diagnoses were confirmed by PCR on nasopharyngeal swabs. The horses were placed in isolation on arrival and will be maintained in isolation for one month.


On 22 February 2019, AHT confirmed a case of EI on a premises in Yorkshire. The affected horse is an unvaccinated non-Thoroughbred that presented with coughing, inappetence and pyrexia. The positive diagnosis was confirmed by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab. There is one unvaccinated non-Thoroughbred in contact that is also coughing and laboratory results are pending.


Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) Abortion

On 22 February 2019, Rossdales confirmed a case of EHV-1 abortion on a premises in Suffolk. The affected horse is a vaccinated six-year-old Thoroughbred mare. The positive diagnosis was made by gross post-mortem, histopathology and PCR. There are two in-contact vaccinated broodmares.


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International Collating Centre