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Equine Influenza Update - 7th February 2019

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has taken the decision to cancel racing at all British racecourses today (Thursday 7 February 2019). This is following the BHA being informed last night by the Animal Health Trust of three confirmed Equine Influenza positives from vaccinated horses in an active racing yard. The BHA is working to ensure appropriate biosecurity and quarantine precautions. For the latest confirmed outbreaks, visit https://www.aht.org.uk/…/02/Equiflunet-outbreaks-2019-v2.pdf

Equine influenza is a highly infectious disease of horses, mules and donkeys and is the most potentially damaging of the respiratory viruses that occur in UK equines. Disease symptoms in non-immune animals include high fever, coughing and nasal discharge. Flu is a serious disease and all horses are at risk of flu even if they don’t leave the yard. Horses don’t need direct contact with another horse who has flu as the virus can spread through the air at distances of up to 2km. For more information about what to look for, preventative measures and testing, please visit https://www.aht.org.uk/disease-surve…/…/equiflunet-for-vets…

The BHA is advising that all trainers which have not had a vaccination against Equine Influenza within the last six months should receive a booster vaccination. The Equine Influenza virus constantly adapts its genetic structure to create new strains that can evade equine immune defences. At St David’s, we use a flu vaccine that contains strains that are currently circulating the UK. This means that your horse has received the most up to date protection against equine flu.

If you would like more information about vaccinations or if you have any concerns about the health status of your horse, please contact us on 01392 876622 (Option 2).

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