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The HBLB Codes of Practice for 2010 contain changes relating to the prevention and control of contagious equine metritis (CEMO)


Codes of Practice released for 2010

THE latest Codes of Practice for the control of equine infectious diseases has been released by the Horserace Betting Levy Board.

The Codes of Practice offer guidance on the prevention and management of a number of diseases including contagious equine metritis (CEMO), equine viral arteritis, equine herpsevirus and strangles.

This year's publication features several amendments to the guidelines relating to the testing of CEMO.

Walking in mares who are high risk now require two swabs taken at least seven days apart while Polymerase chain reaction testing of swabs may be used as an alternative to culture.

In addition, Canada and the US have had their low risk status removed following the 2008/9 outbreak of the disease in those countries. Consequently, mares imported from those countries will be regarded as high risk.

"The Codes of Practice have been a first choice of reference for over 30 years and have undoubtedly contributed to the relatively low level of infectious disease affecting the equine breeding population in Britain," said Chris Rea, Chairman of the Codes of Practice Sub-Committee.

To view the HBLB Codes of Practice for 2010, visit




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