Interim ICC Report – March 2019 #11 (18.03.19)

Interim ICC Report – March 2019 #11 (18.03.19) – Report from Belgium on EHV-4 Respiratory Infection, France on EHV-4 Infection & Equine Influenza, UK on Equine Influenza and USA on EHV-1 Neurological Disease

Belgium

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

On 18 March 2019, EFPB reported a case of EHV-4 respiratory infection in a horse on a premises in West Vlaanderen.  Clinical signs included pyrexia.  Vaccination status is unknown.  Positive diagnosis with a co-infection with EHV-5 was confirmed by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab.

 

France

Equine Herpes Virus-4 (EHV-4) Infection

On 18 March 2019, RESPE confirmed an outbreak of EHV-4 infection on four horses on a premises in Haute Garonne.  Clinical signs included discharge.  Positive diagnoses were confirmed by PCR on nasopharyngeal swabs.  There are 20 in-contacts.

 

On 18 March 2019, RESPE confirmed a case of EHV-4 infection affecting one horse on a premises in Sarthe.  Clinical signs included discharge.  Positive diagnosis was confirmed by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab by LABEO Frank Duncombe.

 

Equine Influenza (EI)

On 18 March 2019, RESPE confirmed a case of EI in a vaccinated gelding on a premises in Val de Marne.  Clinical signs included discharge, pyrexia and cough.  Positive diagnosis was confirmed by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab.  There are 14 in contacts.

 

UK

Equine Influenza (EI)

On 14 March 2019, the Animal Health Trust (AHT) confirmed an outbreak of EI on a premise in Herefordshire. The affected animal is a lapsed-vaccinated non-Thoroughbred with typical clinical signs that included fever, dry cough and lethargy and were noted several days after arrival on to the premises of two non-vaccinated animals, one of which had a nasal discharge. Positive diagnosis was by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab.

 

On 15 March 2019, the AHT confirmed a case of EI on a premise in Cumbria. The affected animal is a non-vaccinated non-Thoroughbred that had recently arrived on the private yard following post-purchase movement from another part of the UK. The horse presented with signs of mild fever, coughing and nasal discharge shortly after arriving. The only other horse on the property is vaccinated and has shown no clinical signs to date.  Positive diagnosis was by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab.

 

USA

Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) Neurological Disease

On 18 March 2019, The Nevada Department of Agriculture has confirmed a case of EHV-1 neurological disease in a horse in Clarke County.  Additional details of this case are pending.  Horses that were at the Nevada State/Junior/High School Rodeo that took place at Pahrump may have been exposed to the virus and should be monitored for signs of the disease.  An official quarantine has been imposed on the affected premises.

 

Kind regards

International Collating Centre