Nearly 200 horses have been affected by an equine herpesvirus outbreak in eastern France, reports horsetalk.co.nz. Beginning in January of 2018, a total of 22 properties have been listed as affected, primarily among sport horses. Some trotting horses, Thoroughbreds and breeding stock have also been affected.
French monitoring agency RESPE triggered a crisis team on April 26, hoping to contain the outbreak. Only six cases of the more deadly neurological form of EHV have been reported, with four horses euthanized as a result of those cases.
Many equestrian events have had to be cancelled, but some have been able to go on with increased security measures.
“It should be noted that the competitions held have also had between 20 and 30% cancellation of participation,” RESPE said. “For the coming weeks, many organizers are wondering about whether or not to hold their gatherings.”
Read more at horsetalk.co.nz.
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