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11 Horses Dead From EHV-1 Outbreak in Spain - Full Article

Nearly 200 horses remain held at the competition venue in Valencia by government officials in Spain, where EHV-1 is a reportable disease.

Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Mar 11, 2021

The death toll has risen to 11 in the equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak that began at an international jumping competition in Spain in February. Competition organizers and scientists are scrambling to understand the details leading up to the crisis.

A horse died March 9 in the Valencia University Equine Hospital, making it the 11th fatality in the epidemic, which has included many neurological cases and is “very, very aggressive,” said Göran Akerström, DVM, veterinary director of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).

Since The Horse’s previous report on March 4 of six horse deaths, two more at the Valencia hospital have occurred, as well as one in Barcelona and one in Germany, the FEI reported...

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