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2019 Equine Influenza Outbreak


***UPDATE: 4th July 2019***

We have been informed of a confirmed outbreak of equine influenza in North Kent.

This involved unvaccinated horses. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to be vigilant to minimise further disease spread.

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

The Animal Health Trust (AHT) continues to us to the most recent outbreaks of equine influenza on either side of the English Channel and the most recent outbreaks within the UK. Here is the latest REPORT from EQUIFLUNET, which we are updating regularly with the most up to date information as it comes through (latest report updated 01.10.19). 

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 and have any lapsed or unvaccinated horses vaccinated as soon as possible. While annual vaccination should protect the majority of horses for at least one year, we recommend a booster vaccination if your horse has not received a vaccination in the last 6 months, especially for certain at risk individuals. See more general advice on equine influenza and vaccinations on our 'Useful Info' section under EQUINE FLU.

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

Do not hesitate to contact us on 01622 813700 if you have any questions or concerns. Our vets will be happy to help.

(UPDATED 16/10/19)