Started with one of the Skånsta rider's riding school horses in Åkersberga fell ill on January 4. The horse was taken to the University Animal Hospital at the Swedish Agricultural University, SLU, because it was unable to walk or stand still.
The next day, the horse was killed. Veterinarians made trials and samples to find out what happened. Then a big problem arose.
The veterinarians failed to publish the answers to the tests. An aggressively infectious virus that spreads through the air, the so-called. "abortion virus" evh-1.
"Because we did not check the tests we received, we did not receive this information that it was a deadly infection in our riding school," said school manager Ann Borglund.
Infection through the barn
Right now the infection in the entire barn is among the 65 horses at the riding school.
"If we learned that we had this infection on January 10, when the test answers came to light, I could isolate the booth," says Borgland.
Ann Borglund, 52, says she works in the barn for 30 years, and only twice before you are infected with infections.
– I was able to close some and build walls with tarpaulins and made sure that not everyone infected the entire stand. Then the situation was not as it is today, then we managed to slow down and stop, she says.
Horses become paralyzed
Borglund says the "abortion virus" is available in varying degrees and that there is no cure for it. It is the most aggressive variant inhabiting the nervous system that struck horses at the riding school in Åkersberga. This means that horses first get fever and then become paralyzed.
– Paralyzed from the hind legs. Then they have no control of the hind legs and they fall. If they fall, we must kill them because we will not return the horses again, says Ann Borgund.
On Friday night, the riding school was forced to kill a second horse. The horse was taken to the university's animal hospital, but the folds that were used to help the horse stand erect were occupied by other horses. Borglund explains that hammocks can make the horse survive if it is in three droppings, with support under the body.
– When the horse is on the ground and can not rise, you have the responsibility as a horse owner, that your horse does not suffer. So we chose to remove it, she says.
Borglund does not know where the virus comes from, nor does he want to blame someone for the infection to get to their stable condition.
– Even more so if I learned that we had the infection, I decided it in a different way, says Borgund.
We need to tighten routines
Henrik Eriksson, director of the hospital for hospitals in Uppsala, complained about the incident and said it was the human factor that missed out.
– We did not pay attention to this test response when it arrived. We are very sorry for this and will tighten the routines, "says Henrik Eriksson in Hipson magazine.