Equine Herpes Virus clearance testing completed

05 Jul 2022 BHA Features

The British Horseracing Authority can confirm that as of Tuesday 5 July 2022 clearance testing has been completed at the yard of Dr Richard Newland, with all horses confirmed as free from Equine Herpes Virus (EHV).

The heightened biosecurity arrangements in place to limit any spread of the virus have therefore been lifted with immediate effect, and all horses can now resume racing.

We wish to reiterate our thanks to Dr Newland and his team for their prompt action and careful management of the outbreak, and colleagues at Equine Infectious Disease Surveillance (EIDS) at the University of Cambridge for their support and expertise.

EHV is a common virus, and trainers, breeders and veterinary surgeons are therefore encouraged to be alert to the clinical signs. Any instance of EHV should be investigated immediately and reported as a communicable disease under the BHA Rules of Racing.

Further information on EHV and appropriate biosecurity measures can be found on the EquiBioSafe App, in the National Trainers Federation Code of Practice for Infectious Diseases of Racehorses in Training and in the Horserace Betting Levy Board Codes of Practice.