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CONTAGIOUS EQUINE METRITIS CONFIRMED IN A SOMERSET HORSE

London, 30 March/GNN/ --

DEPARTMENT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS News Release (167/05) issued by the Government News Network on 30 March 2005 Defra has today confirmed a case of Contagious Equine Metritis Organism
(CEMO) in a horse in the Frome area of Somerset.

CEMO is a treatable venereal disease of horses, which poses no risks to human health.

CEMO was last confirmed in a stallion and a mare in 2002 and a mare in 2003.

The horse in the current case is not believed to have been used for breeding purposes in the UK.

Defra has imposed restrictions on the premises housing the infected and any possible "at risk" horses under the Infectious Diseases of Horses Order 1987.

The Horserace Betting Levy Board's Code of Practice is aimed at preventing and controlling CEMO. Defra advises those intending to use horses for breeding to follow the guidelines for disease prevention that are contained in the code.

 

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