Update on EHV-1 (neurological form) in Europe

The FEI has today been advised of an equine fatality at the veterinary hospital clinic in Valencia (ESP). Sadly this brings the number of related deaths in this outbreak to 11.

Additionally, the FEI has received notification of a confirmed positive for EHV-1 in a horse in Belgium after its return from the Spanish Sunshine Tour in Vejer de la Frontera (ESP). This horse, which was placed in isolation immediately on return to its home stables in Belgium, was a close in-contact to the first horse that developed a fever on the Vejer de la Frontera venue. This first horse was put into isolation on 26 February, developed neurological signs on 4 March and, although it tested negative to EHV-1, that result was inconclusive. A second horse on the venue developed neurological signs on 5 March and was also transferred to the isolation stables.

As a result of the confirmed positive in Belgium, all horses that have participated in the Spanish Sunshine Tour since 9 February 2021 have been blocked in the FEI Database. All affected athletes will be advised of the necessary measures that must be implemented prior to return to competition.

IJRC strongly recommends to riders that will leave Vejer to stop ONLY in stable organized with properly disinfection and vets, and ones you arrive at home, let horses
Isolated for 14 days at least.

For departing horses these are the possible stops:

  • In Madrid (organized by Spanish NF):

          Pedro Veniss  tel. +34650779088 can give you info. 

  • Lyon and Le Mans identified by French Federation:

           click here for more informations

  • For horses travelling to North Europe: 

           The European Equestrian Federation (EEF) has organized a stop in Aachen (Germany):

           Mr. Leo Pohen will be there tel. +49 172 2736 457 (also a vet will be on your disposal).

           Address for NAVI: Hubert-Wienen Strasse in Aachen.