In Great Britain (England,Scotland and Wales), EVA is notifiable by law under the Equine Viral Arteritis Order 1995. Under the Order, anyone who owns, manages, inspects or examines a horse must notify the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) when:
See Appendix 1 for APHA Offices contact information.
Under the Order, there are powers to:
Upon confirmation of disease, Ministers may publish this fact and the name and location of the stallion concerned, followed by similar publicity if Ministers consider that the disease or virus no longer exists in that stallion.
When statutory powers under the Order are invoked, laboratories will be nominated by the authorities to undertake the testing of all the samples required for the subsequent investigation.
It is advisable for owners, or persons authorised to act on their behalf, to inform the national breeders’ association if EAV is isolated.