France: Hundreds of horses sickened with Equine Herpes Virus

Since March, twenty-two Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) outbreaks involving at least 200 horses, predominantly sport horses like Thoroughbreds and Trotters have been reported in France, in the Great West , but also in Ile-de-France, in the east and in the Gironde.

However, all the cases are not reported to the RESPE and with the information gathered, the actual numbers are likely underreported. Officials say the situation seems to be stabilizing with no new outbreak confirmed since Apr. 27. Many competitions were cancelled because of the outbreaks.

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