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2019 Equine Influenza Outbreak

 

Due to the recent outbreak of equine influenza in January 2019, the British Racing Authority (BHA) cancelled racing across the UK for the first time in 18 years on 7th February 2019. BBC Sport has posted an article regarding this decision which you can read HERE‚Äč.  

The Animal Health Trust (AHT) has alerted us to the recent outbreaks of equine influenza on either side of the English Channel and the most recent outbreaks within the UK. Here is their latest REPORT from EQUIFLUNET, which we are updating regularly with the most up to date information as it comes through. 

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) also has a very useful GUIDE on biosecurity and Q&A on equine flu.

Please ensure that all horses are up to date with their vaccinations. While annual vaccination should protect the majority of horses for at least one year, certain at risk individuals may benefit from receiving additional boosters. See more general advice on equine influenza and vaccinations on our 'Useful Info' section under EQUINE FLU.

Please discuss your horse’s risk with your vet and be on the lookout for fever and signs of respiratory disease (nasal discharge, coughing and fast breathing).

Do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

UPDATED 19/02/19