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FEI publishes second part of EHV-1 report on 2021 outbreak in mainland Europe

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

The FEI has published the second part of their report on the 2021 outbreak of the neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in mainland Europe. The first part was published at the end of February, and provided a factual picture of the outbreak, including the series of events, causes, roles and responsibilities, and analysis. Both part one and part two of the report can be found on the FEI's website.

The second part of the report focuses on the Return To Competition protocols that were put in place to ensure the safe resumption of FEI events after the six-week FEI-imposed lockdown on international sport in continental Europe. It also focuses on the EHV-1 By-Laws and sanctioning system, and evaluates their effectiveness, along with the elements that were subsequently incorporated into the FEI Veterinary Regulations 2022 approved at the FEI Hybrid General Assembly in November 2021.

The 30-page report, together with over 200 pages of annexes, has been produced by FEI Veterinary Director Dr Göran Åkerström and Grania Willis, former FEI Communications Director and now Executive Consultant to the FEI.

“It was important to take a really forensic look at the 2021 EHV-1 outbreak itself, and this was the basis of Part 1 of the Report, but it was equally important to review the Return To Competition measures post-lockdown,” Dr Åkerström said in a press release from the FEI. “This is what we have done in Part 2, along with the related By-Laws and the resulting amendments to the FEI Regulations."

“Knowing how busy the members of our community are in their daily lives, we have simplified things to make the Report a more user-friendly experience by adding a dynamic Table of Contents, so that readers can go directly to the elements/sections they wish to read, as we did with Part 1 of the Report.”

Part 3 of the report will according to the press release from the FEI incorporate further risk mitigation of EHV-1, including conclusions from the scientific EHV-1 vaccination review commissioned by the FEI, and the suggested way forward. This concluding section of the report will be published in May 2022.

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