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Artervac vaccine update

Following the possible manufacturing failure of the Artervac vaccine in October ITBA has sought emergency legislation for Government licences for the importation of the US made EVA vaccine known as ARVAC.
17-January-24

Failure of manufacture of the Equine Viral Arteritis vaccine Artervac

  1. ITBA became aware of the possible manufacturing failure of the Artervac vaccine in October and has sought, with its equivalent breeding associations in France Germany (and the UK) the granting under emergency legislation for Government licences for the importation of the US made EVA vaccine known as ARVAC. These efforts continued throughout November and December and are ongoing at present.

  2. The absence of the Artervac vaccine places a much increased onus on everyone in our industry to adhere to the International Codes of Practice to prevent the potentially devastating impact that an EVA incursion would have on our disease free status and our ability to enjoy current freedoms of movement.

  3. The absence of Compliance with these Codes in the non-thoroughbred sector represents a potential “Achilles Heel” and Government / DAFM have been asked to address this issue.

  4. Stallion masters have taken differing views on the measures they feel essential to protect their horses from EVA in the absence of vaccines. Some require an EVA test for all mares in January, followed by a further test 30 days prior to mating. Others do not have a mandatory January testing requirement but are insisting on an EVA test 30 days prior to mating. There are also farms that require an EVA test at 28 days prior to mating.

  5. It is therefore essential that mare owners check the individual requirements of each stallion farm that they are sending mares to for the 2024 breeding season
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