New insights into the management of an ehv-1 (Equine hospital) outbreak

Eveline Vandenberghe, Berit Boshuizen, Catherine J.G. Delesalle, Lutz S. Goehring, Katy A. Groome, Kees van Maanen, Cornelis M. de Bruijn

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In May 2018, Wolvega Equine Hospital (WEH) experienced an EHV-1 outbreak. This outbreak caused significant economic losses and negative publicity for the hospital. How should hospitals prepare themselves for these outbreaks and prevent shedding of the virus on multiple neighboring premises? The hospital transformed most of its activities into mobile practice and the entire infected hospital population was moved to a separate remote location. The hospital was cleaned and disinfected according to the latest recommendations before reopening. Four neighboring professional equine businesses and three privately owned premises were affected by the spread of the virus from the hospital population and initiated quarantine restrictions. Equine hospitals should prepare themselves for EHV-1 outbreaks as the intake of the virus cannot be prevented. A management protocol should include public information protocols, swift client information and quarantine measures that ensure quick containment of the outbreak. Timely reopening of the hospital can be achieved by rehousing the contaminated population. It should also include good regulations with clients and a properly carried out release protocol. Equine sports organizations should establish sufficient vaccination coverage in order to decrease the frequency of EHV-1 outbreaks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1429
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2021

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  • Equine herpes myeloencephalopathy
  • Quarantine
  • Vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology


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