Sunday, 12 January 2020

Four Horses dead in Equine Herpes outbreak in the New Forest, England.

Four Horses have now died in an outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus at a dressage and showjumping centre in the New Forest, England this week. The first cases were reported at the Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre, near Stubbington in Hampshire, on Tuesday 7 January 2020, after a Horse fell ill at the beginning of the month. The centre has now been placed under quarantine, as have several other sites in Hampshire, Sussex, and Kent, which have had Horses visit Cofton Manor since December 2019.

Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre, near Stubbington in Hampshire, where Horses are under quarantine following an outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus. BBC News.

Equine Herpes Virus is a form of Herpesvirales, the group which also includes the Human Herpes Virus, as well as a range of other Viruses infecting Humans, Mammals, Birds, Turtles, Amphibians, Bony Fish, and Molluscs. There are at least two strains of Equine Herpes Virus, with the more common one being relatively benign and causing only minor symptoms, if any symptoms at all, but the other is prone to causing spontaneous abortions and sometimes lethal brain infections. The Herpesvirales are double-stranded DNA Viruses, with isohedral capsids (protein shells), a group that also includes the Smallpox and Swine Fever Viruses.

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