European Council Directive 90/426 of 26th June 1990 makes dourine compulsorily notifiable in the EU. In the UK, dourine is also notifiable by law under the Infectious Diseases of Horses Order 1987. Under the Order, anyone who owns, manages, inspects or examines a horse, which is affected or is suspected of being affected by the disease must notify Defra via the appropriate local Field Service office of the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA). See Defra’s APHA contact information.
Under the Order, Defra may declare the premises where disease is suspected to be an infected place and impose restrictions on horses at those premises. A veterinary enquiry will be carried out under the direction of Defra to determine if dourine is present. The Order provides Defra with powers to enforce measures for vector control and disinfection.