Rhino update 04/03/2021

 

Algemeen: Paardensport Vlaanderen, KBRSF en LEWB nemen maatregelen om EHV-1 opmars te vermijden 02-03-2021 · Paardensport Vlaanderen, LEWB en KBRSF

Naar aanleiding van de communicatie die FEI gisteren verspreidde aangaande het annuleren van wedstrijden op het Europese vasteland, zat vanochtend de directie van KBRSF, Paardensport Vlaanderen en LEWB samen met de diergeneeskundige commissie van KBRSF om te bespreken welke maatregelen ook op nationaal vlak dienen genomen te worden.

FEI verbiedt alle wedstrijden ( m.u.v. enkele tours die reeds begonnen zijn) in 10 Europese landen waaronder België tot en met 28 maart.  Als bijkomende maatregelen hebben de Belgische paardensportfederaties eveneens belangrijke beslissingen genomen.

  1. Alle wedstrijden van alle disciplines en op alle niveaus eveneens worden geannuleerd tot en met 28 maart 2021. Uiteraard ontvangen mensen die ingeschreven waren voor een wedstrijd (bvb Gold, PAVO Hengstencompetitie, …) of een andere activiteit die door KBRSF, Paardensport Vlaanderen of LEWB gepland was, hun inschrijvingsgelden eerstdaags terug.
  2. Wat betreft trainingen, veilingen, en alle andere samenkomsten van verschillende ‘paardenbubbels’ wordt met aandrang het afstel en/of uitstel gevraagd.  Er moet ten allen koste vermeden worden dat verschillende ‘bubbels’ met elkaar in aanraking komen. Elk niet-essentieel transport van paarden wordt dan ook ten stelligste afgeraden.  Paardensport Vlaanderen en LEWB vragen aan hun aangesloten clubs om de deuren te sluiten voor paarden en atleten uit andere ‘bubbels’.

De dierenartsen raden aan om paarden te blijven vaccineren. Hoewel deze vaccins geen wondermiddelen zijn die alle symptomen uitsluiten, kunnen zij er wel voor zorgen dat slechts milde symptomen optreden in geval van besmetting, en zullen zij op lange termijn zeker een positief effect teweegbrengen. Bij reeds besmette paarden wordt een vaccinatie ten strengste afgeraden.

Wat kan u momenteel zelf doen?

  • Controleer dagelijks de temperatuur van uw paard rectaal, en zo mogelijk ’s ochtends en ’s avonds. Wanneer de temperatuur van een paard in rust 38,5° Celsius of meer bedraagt, is dit onrustwekkend en dient u een dierenarts te consulteren.
  • Het eerste symptoom van EHV-1 is de verhoogde temperatuur, nadien kunnen zich mogelijks ademhalingsproblemen en neurologische problemen ( moeilijk bewegen, niet meer kunnen opstaan,…) ontwikkelen. Bij drachtige merries kan Rhino leiden tot het verwerpen van het veulen, vaak op een later moment ( 9-10 maanden) van de dracht.

 

Paardensport Vlaanderen, KBRSF en LEWB staan dagelijks in contact met de getroffen Belgische ruiters in Valencia, om hen bij te staan en te helpen waar mogelijk. Er wordt beroep gedaan op de dierenarts gestuurd door de Franse Federatie, als contactpersoon voor onze ruiters ter plaatse.

Heeft u vragen of bezorgdheden, dan kan u ons steeds mailen via EHV-1@equibel.be
 

 


FEI PRESS RELEASE
Lausanne (SUI), 1 March 2021

 

FEI cancels European mainland events due to EHV-1 (neurological form)

The FEI has cancelled international events in 10 countries on the European mainland with immediate effect and until 28 March 2021 due to the rapid evolution of a very aggressive strain of the neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), which originated in Valencia (ESP) and has already resulted in related outbreaks in at least three other countries in Europe.

This decision applies to all FEI disciplines, but in order to prevent huge numbers of horses simultaneously departing the Jumping Tours on the Iberian Peninsula, in Italy and Belgium that have been ongoing for a number of weeks, these specific Tours will be allowed to continue as individual “bubbles” on the condition that absolutely no new horses are allowed to enter the venues and no positive cases of EHV-1 are confirmed.

The Jumping Tour venues in Vejer de la Frontera (ESP), Vilamoura (POR), San Giovanni in Marignano (ITA) and Gorla Minore (ITA) will have stringent biosecurity protocols in place and additional FEI Veterinary Delegates onsite. Horses will only be permitted to leave these venues when they are in possession of an official health certificate from the local Veterinary Authorities. Any horses leaving these venues without this documentation will be blocked on the FEI Database. It is also illegal to transport a horse without an official health certificate.

Oliva Nova (ESP) had already advised the FEI this afternoon that it has decided to cancel the rest of its scheduled competitions in the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour III. Opglabbeek (BEL) has also informed the FEI that it has cancelled its events in March.

A number of countries, including France, have already cancelled all their events to minimise transmission of the virus.

The decision, which covers events in France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Germany and Slovakia, has been made in accordance with FEI General Regulations Article 112.3, which state: The Secretary General shall have the authority to remove any Competition and/or Event from the Calendar if justified circumstances relating to a Competition or the Event are established.

“This was not an easy decision to block events in mainland Europe, particularly after the major disruption to the FEI Calendar caused by the Covid-19 pandemic”, FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said, “but this EHV-1 outbreak is probably the most serious we have had in Europe for many decades and our decision is based on clearly identified epidemiological risk factors.

“This strain of EHV-1 is particularly aggressive and has already caused equine fatalities and a very large number of severe clinical cases. We need to keep our horses safe.

“We are also aware that a large number of horses left the venue in Valencia without an official health certificate, meaning they had an unknown health status. Some horses were already sick, and the risk of transmission from these horses is a major concern.

“Cancelling these competitions in mainland Europe, with the exception of the ongoing Jumping Tours in the Iberian Peninsula and Italy, limits the number of horses travelling internationally and therefore reduces the likelihood of this very serious virus being transmitted on an increasingly wider scale. We also strongly recommend that the affected member Federations should also cancel their national events.

“We are very conscious of the fact that this is a very stressful and distressing time, and that this is potentially hugely disruptive for those athletes aiming for their Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) or confirmation results for Tokyo, but we are looking at ways to alleviate that in order to assist athlete/horse combinations in getting their MERs or confirmation results once the events in mainland Europe are allowed to resume.”

The FEI is conscious that some athletes have already arrived on competition venues or are en route, and is directly contacting all impacted athletes entered in Events between now and 28 March 2021.

Notes to Editors:

Previous FEI updates since the FEI was first notified of the EHV-1 outbreak on 20 February are available here. Please scroll down to the Updates from the FEI Veterinary Department section.

 

FEI Media contacts:

 

Grania Willis

Director, Communications

grania.willis@fei.org

+41 78 750 61 42

 

Shannon Gibbons

Manager, Media Relations & Media Operations

shannon.gibbons@fei.org

+41 78 750 61 46





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