Horse racing in Frankfurt am Main
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In response to the outbreak of the equine herpes virus in Valencia, the umbrella organization Deutscher Galopp has made it mandatory for all horses to be vaccinated against this virus.
Horses not vaccinated against the herpes virus are no longer allowed to participate in the races.
The association announced this.
There are currently no infections among thoroughbred racehorses worldwide.
In addition, the majority of racehorses and thoroughbred horses in Germany have already been vaccinated, which has been an obligation for breeding farms for years.
This vaccination requirement has now been extended.
A suspension of the races in Germany is not necessary, so the Sunday race day will take place in Dortmund.
Unvaccinated horses will not start.
In Valencia, more than 80 animals were infected with the herpes virus and several horses died.
Two horses of the German show jumper Sven Schlüsselburg had also tested positive.
A vaccination against the virus is not prescribed by the FEI World Federation, but the German Equestrian Association and the Standing Vaccination Commission had already recommended it.
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