The FEI was notified today of five new deaths– two in Belgium and three in Germany (including a neonatal foal), where it was also confirmed that five mares had aborted foals at the same stables. This brought the total number of related deaths in this outbreak to 17.
Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) is a highly contagious virus that spreads between horses in close contact with one another. It can spread on people or objects but is more likely to spread horse to horse within the stable environment, and particularly in enclosed buildings with shared air spaces.
Clinical signs may include nasal discharge, cough, a rectal temperature greater than 38.3°C/101.5°F, enlarged submandibular lymph nodes and oedema of the limbs and/or ventral abdomen. Neurological signs can include urinary/faecal incontinence, penile prolapse, a weak tail, ataxia or being unable to stand.