Equine viral arteritis (EVA) has been confirmed in two stallions in Dorset, England, Dr. Christine Middlemiss, the UK's chief veterinary officer, reports. Restrictions on breeding have been put in place; the horses, which are not Thoroughbreds, are located in the same stable.
EVA is a notable viral disease in stallions that can cause swelling of the legs, fever and inflammation around the eyes. Abortion or the birth of weak foals is also a sign. EVA is generally spread through infected stallion's semen or through respiratory secretions.
An investigation is underway to determine the source of EVA and the possible spread of infection. Biosecurity measures, vaccination for EVA and constant vigilance of horses is suggested to prevent the spread of the disease.
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