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‘High-health, high-performance’ horses: risk mitigation strategies for OIE-listed diseases

Author(s) : M. Dominguez, S. Münstermann, G. Murray & P. Timoney

Summary :

The ‘high-health, high-performance’ (HHP) horse concept has been developed by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) together with the Fédération Equestre Internationale and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. This concept is outlined in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code (Chapter 4.16). It aims to address impediments to the international movement of competition horses through a harmonised, practically feasible, globally applicable framework based on simplified certification requirements for the temporary importation of HHP horses and for their return to their country of usual residence. Based on the principle of compartmentalisation, the high health status of these horses would be established by the application, at all times, of stringent health management practices and biosecurity measures to create and maintain a functional separation between horses within the defined compartment and all other equids. These provisions are intended to mitigate the risk of disease spread for most OIE-listed diseases.

Keywords
Disease − Epidemic – High-health, high-performance horse – Horse − International movement − Outbreak − Risk.

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