Detailed instructions on how to further prevent the spread of Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) are being sent to horse owners, riders, breeders, vets, farriers and competition organisers in Normandy, France.

EVA is a highly contagious disease mainly spread through mares mating with infected stallions. Flu-like symptoms are common, but EVA can also cause mares to abort. It is notifiable in the UK.

There are currently 16 outbreaks of EVA throughout Normandy, and one case in Landes. A committee of leading French equestrian organisations has been set up to monitor the spread of the disease weekly.

On top of movement restrictions in place in parts of Normandy, any horses competing in Brittany, Pays de la Loire, Ile de France, Picardy and Centre have to be certified as in good health by a vet at least a week before competition.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (9 August, ’07)