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In Scotland, 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 their local Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency Office when:
they suspect the disease in a stallion, either on the basis of clinical signs or following blood or semen testing
they suspect disease, either on the basis of clinical signs or following blood testing, in a mare that has been mated or artificially inseminated within the past 14 days
The policy on disease control is that prevention is better than cure. This approach works by reducing the chances of a disease entering the animal population, and if it does then it can be quickly spotted and dealt with through the preventative measures.
Biosecurity is about being aware of the ways disease can spread, and taking every practical measure to minimise the risk of disease spreading.
If you suspect signs of any notifiable diseases, you must immediately notify your Scotland: field service local office at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). Failure to do so is an offence.