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Equine Herpes Virus EHV1 and EHV4

There has recently (Jan 2017) been a confirmed case of Equine Herpes Virus in the Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire area. This disease has serious life threatening consequences and we feel that all of our clients should be aware of the increased risk of infection, especially when mixing with other horses.

Symptoms include an increased temperature, watery nasal discharge, intermittent cough and ataxia (unsteadiness). EHV1 can also cause abortion in pregnant mares.

We strongly recommend vaccination against EHV1 and EHV4 on a twice yearly basis to offer horses protection against this disease. The more horses we can vaccinate, the less virus will be present in the horse population, reducing the risk of further outbreak of this potentially devastating disease. Furthermore, vaccination reduces the risk of contracting infection and should a vaccinated horse be infected due to a major challenge, then the severity of the disease will be lesser and the amount of virus excreted reduced, helping to protect the other horses on the yard.

Good biosecurity is imperative to minimise the risks. Avoid direct contact with other horses at competitions and keep your own equipment and buckets to yourself, don’t share with other people. Any new horses joining the yard should be isolated.

If your horse is exhibiting any symptoms or you have any concerns about EHV please contact us 01344 426066.

Scott Dunn’s Equine Clinic is part of CVS (UK) Limited, a company which owns over 300 veterinary practices in the UK. Company Registration Number 03777473. Registered Office CVS House, Owen Road, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4ER