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Equine disease surveillance: quarterly summary

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Equine disease surveillance, January to March 2018

  • Amendment to equine infectious anaemia testing for imported horses

  • Update on the availability of Equip Artervac vaccine

  • Summary of UK disease surveillance for the first quarter of 2018

UK disease surveillance: January to March 2018


The results of virological testing for January to March 2018 are summarised in Table 1 and include data relating to equine viral arteritis (EVA), equine infectious anaemia (EIA) and West Nile virus (WNV) from the APHA, Weybridge. The sample population for the APHA is different from that for the other contributing laboratories, as the APHA’s tests are principally in relation to international trade (EVA, EIA and WNV). The APHA also provides testing for WNV as part of its clinical work up of neurological cases, to exclude infection, on specific request and provided the local regional APHA office has been informed.

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Table 1:

Results of virological testing, January to March 2018

No equine viral notifiable diseases were confirmed in the UK in the first quarter of 2018.

About this report

This report is produced by Defra, the Animal Health Trust (AHT) and the British Equine Veterinary Association. It is a shortened version of the full report for January to March 2018, which also includes a list of all contributing laboratories. The full report and all previous reports can be accessed on the AHT’s website at

This report collates equine disease data arising from multiple diagnostic laboratories and veterinary practices throughout the UK. The data presented are taken from various sources and must be interpreted with caution, as there is likely to be some bias in the way that samples are submitted for laboratory testing. For example, they are influenced by factors such as owner attitude or financial constraints, or are submitted for routine screening as well as clinical investigation purposes. Consequently, these data do not necessarily reflect true disease frequency in the UK equine population.

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