Situation in Valencia distressing: not enough vets, medication and harnesses

The EHV-1 outbreak on the grounds of CES Valencia is far from under control, Wendy Scholten reports via her website. On Sunday afternoon, the international tour was stopped during the Grand Prix because of a Rhinopneumonia outbreak. Some of the riders had already left with their horses. Yet now, one week later, there are still 150 horses in the stable that are not allowed to leave and for which there is insufficient care.
The FEI announced on Friday that 72 horses were still showing clinical symptoms of EHV-1. Seventeen of the 47 horses tested were positive for Rhinopneumonia. Meanwhile, the situation in the field is getting out of hand. There were originally thirty harnesses available to keep horses on their feet. However, this is not enough for all the horses that have been affected. Horses are being taken away and some have already died. There are not enough vets on the ground and there is not enough medication.
On Saturday night, riders at the scene finally managed to move the 48 fever-free horses so they were no longer near the 102 horses with fever. Scholten called Melvin Greveling, rider and friend of Micky Morssinkhof. “Fever-free does not automatically mean virus-free, so we are now doing PCR tests ourselves together with another rider.” The pair traveled to Valencia with twelve horses. All actions they perform on the horses are closely monitored by police officers present at the showground.
The Morssinkhof family has received extra medication and a harness from Paardenkliniek De Watermolen , the Netherlanders. They sent this immediately by courier to Spain. “We don’t need the harnesses for our own horses. We would have liked to send more, but they could not be found in the area,” Eric Morssinkhof tries to contribute.
Henk Nooren had also traveled to Valencia. He is not at all surprised about the outbreak. “In the thoroughbred world this has been going on since November, so it was waiting for it to reach our shows. The more we do of these tours, with thousands of horses from many different countries in one location for weeks on end, the greater the chance of these kinds of outbreaks. In France it is already compulsory to vaccinate against Rhino, but not here. That is already quite remarkable.”
“Not to mention the fraud committed in filling out the usual influenza injections,” he continued. “I drew the attention of the FEI to this just ten days ago. As long as people don’t take vaccination seriously enough, we won’t get rid of this problem. Just like there is a lot of fraud with fake Covid tests, so that people can still fly. Curbing these kinds of viruses then becomes very difficult.”

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