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Neurological Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in Hampshire, UK

The Animal Health Trust has confirmed that an outbreak of neurological EHV-1 has been identified in Hampshire which is being managed carefully under veterinary advice.

Advice is being given that any horses attending the same event as the affected horses should be placed in isolation for 14 days and the attending veterinary surgeon should collect samples to confirm/ rule out active EHV-1 infection.

Signs of EHV-1 can include fever, inappetence and lethargy but also nasal discharge, coughing and limb oedema through to neurological signs. If you have any concerns that your horse could have been exposed to EHV-1 or is showing any signs of concern, please arrange examination and testing with your veterinary surgeon.
It is not recommended to start EHV-1/4 vaccination in animals that may have been exposed to EHV-1 and are undergoing this isolation and screening process.

Further information for veterinary surgeons can be found in the focus article of this recent AHT/BEVA/DEFRA disease surveillance report:

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