Herpes Virus (EHV) Paralytic Disease
present there are no official restrictions imposed by DEFRA as a
result of the reported cases of EHV paralytic disease and there
are no restrictions on the movement of horses.
BEF's Director of Sports Science and Medicine, John McEwen, advises
individuals, yards and show organisers to continue their normal
activities but to take sensible precautions regarding infected yards
or yards in close proximity to an outbreak.
of infected yards is essential but fortunately the virus does not
travel long distances through the air and infection is mainly by
contact with infected horses.
is wise to be vigilant in monitoring horse health to detect early
cases of disease.
we are advised of any developments by the Animal Health Trust (AHT)
or DEFRA these will be posted on the BEF web site (www.bef.co.uk).
Information on the regions where infected cases have been identified
can be found on the AHT web site (www.aht.org.uk)
which is regularly updated.