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Equine viral arteritis found in Shropshire

A CASE of equine viral arteritis (EVA) has been confirmed in a non-thoroughbred stallion on a premises in Shropshire.

The horse was imported into the UK in 2012 and is not used for breeding. The owner has indicated that they intend to have the stallion castrated which will address the risk of further disease spread. Restrictions on breeding and movement have also been put in place on the animal and will remain in force until the risk has been mitigated.

EVA affects horses, donkeys and other equids, but does not affect people. It is a notifiable disease in all stallions, and in mares that have been mated or inseminated in the last 14 days.

This is the fifth case in the UK this year. Three …

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