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Swamp Fever Case Found In UK

Friday, 5th October 2012

Following the recent withdrawal of reigning Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe champion Danedream (Lomitas-Danedrop, by Danehill) from this year's installment due to swamp fever being detected at Cologne Racecourse, the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) "has confirmed that a horse in Cornwall has tested positive", reports turftrax.com. Although the infected horse was not a thoroughbred, and has since been euthanised, restrictions have been put in place pending further testing. The British Horseracing Authority has, however, been assured by Director of Equine Science and Welfare, Professor Tim Morris that there is no threat posed to the racing industry. Morris stated, "We are aware that a case of Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA) has been detected in a horse in Cornwall. However, we would like to reassure racing followers that this is a situation which should not affect the British Racing industry… British Racing has a long-term relationship with DEFRA who are controlling the incident. The incident is not in close proximity to any racing yard and can only be spread by biting flies so a quarantine zone of only 200 metres is required to control the disease."

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