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Equine viral arteritis confirmed in Devon
“A full investigation is continuing to determine the source and possible spread of the infection." (Stock photo)
Mares and stallions ‘should be tested before breeding’
 
Defra has confirmed a case of equine viral arteritis (EVA) in a non-thoroughbred stallion on a premises in Devon.

The horse had close epidemiological links with a premises in Dorset, where the disease was confirmed in three stallions in April.

Restrictions on breeding have been placed on the affected animal to reduce the risk of disease spreading.

Chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss said: “A full investigation is continuing to determine the source and possible spread of the infection. Owners of mares and stallions are urged to have their animals tested before they are used for breeding.

“These findings remind us that we must all be vigilant for signs of disease and follow strict biosecurity measures.”

Defra advises the following measures to prevent the spread of EVA:
  • following the Horserace Betting Levy Board Code of Practice
  • testing animals before they are used for breeding
  • considering vaccinating stallions against the disease
  • practising good biosecurity.

EVA is a notifiable disease in all stallions, and in mares that have been mated or inseminated in the previous 14 days. Any suspected cases must be reported to APHA immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services helpline on 03000 200 301. There is no risk to public health.

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RSPCA braced for ‘hectic hedgehog month’

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 The RSPCA says that it is bracing itself for a ‘hectic hedgehog month’ after calls to the charity about the creatures peaked this time last year.

More than 10,000 calls about hedgehogs were made to the RSPCA’s national helpline in 2018, 1,867 of which were in July. This compares with just 133 calls received in February of the same year.

Evie Button, the RSPCA’s scientific officer, said: “July is our busiest month for hedgehogs. Not only do calls about hedgehogs peak, but so do admissions to our four wildlife centres as members of the public and our own officers bring in orphaned, sick or injured animals for treatment and rehabilitation.” 

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ASF traces found in seized meat at NI airport

More than 300kg of illegal meat and dairy products were seized at Northern Ireland’s airports in June, DAERA has revealed.

A sample of these were tested at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, resulting in the detection of African swine fever DNA fragments.

DAERA said that while the discovery does not pose a significant threat to Northern Ireland’s animal health status, it underlines the importance of controls placed on personal imports of meat and dairy products. Holidaymakers travelling overseas are being reminded not to bring any animal or plant products back home.