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Flu Update: July 2019

 

FLU UPDATE AND TIPS FOR DISEASE PREVENTION

As the weather improves, many horses are often mixing more at competitions or sponsored rides, so we wish to  to remind everybody to take sensible precautions to reduce the risk of disease spread.

This is particularly important following the recent confirmed case of equine flu in North Kent and East Sussex in early July 2019. 

Simple steps can reduce the risk of equine flu and other infectious diseases.

Useful tips to reduce infectious disease risk:

  • When away from home avoid direct nose to nose contact with other horses and shared water/ feed buckets
  • Quarantine new arrivals on yards for 21 days
  • Contact your vet if your horse shows signs of infection in particular a cough or runny nose
  • Vaccinate horses for equine influenza. 

We advise that the frequency of vaccination should depend on the risk to the horse. All horses should be vaccinated at least yearly. Horses at higher risk, in particular those that mix for competition or are stabled on yards with frequent new arrivals should receive boosters every 6 months.

PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME COMPETITION BODIES HAVE UPDATED THEIR VACCINATION RULES TO REQUIRE HORSES TO HAVE HAD A VACCINATION WITHIN THE LAST 6 MONTHS. PLEASE CHECK VACCINATION RULES IF YOU INTEND TO COMPETE

for example:

British eventing: please click HERE to go to their website.

The Pony Club: please click HERE to go to their website.

Further information:

Updates on the current flu outbreak can be found on the equiflunet website.

We are extremely grateful to the Animal Health Trust (and our former BELL colleague Fleur Whitlock) for all of the hard work running this service and keeping our horses safe.    

Useful advice on biosecurity and prevention of infectious diseases is available from The British Equestrian Federation.