An update on the rhinopneumonitis virus situation at CES Valencia

27 February 2021Author : Lea Tchilinguirian

After the cancellation of competitions last weekend at CES Valencia and a press release that was issued on Monday following the outbreak of equine rhinopneumonitis (EHV-1 - neurological form) that was discovered in the competition stables, the International Equestrian Federation has today released an update on the situation.

While some riders had already started leaving on Saturday evening, "more than 150 horses are still on location. In total, 72 horses show clinical signs of EHV-1. Of the 47 horses that were tested, 17 are now confirmed to have the virus," announced the FEI in their press release. Of these, three horses have been transferred to the veterinary hospital with neurological symptoms. The federation said one of them has recovered. Regarding those who have returned to their home countries, the FEI has been informed that four cases have developed symptoms soon after their return.

The FEI is in direct contact with the Spanish National Federation, which works closely with the veterinary authority of the Valencia region, "Sanidad e Higiene Animal y Trazabilidad". In order to help and to ease the work of everyone on site, the FEI "requested and received the agreement of the regional veterinary authorities to allow five additional veterinarians to treat the affected horses on site. The FEI is currently organizing the arrival of these five veterinarians on site, as well as the delivery of additional medical supplies to the site. We have also asked the regional veterinary authorities for a detailed plan on the treatment of sick horses, the management of the outbreak, and the plan to remove healthy horses from the site. We just received the protocol this afternoon and are following up directly with them on this matter."

The Federation would like to underline and remind some people that "in accordance with article 1029.7 of the FEI veterinary regulations," the 752 horses that have taken part in the Valencia competition since February 1st, 2021 have been blocked in the FEI database. "They are not allowed to participate in FEI events until they have met the necessary test requirements." The organizers of the other circuits in the Iberian Peninsula have also been warned not to accept horses that have participated in this competition.

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AuthorLea Tchilinguirian