Horse owners inwards United Kingdom of Great Britain as well as Northern Ireland of Britain as well as Northern Republic of Ireland are urged to stay vigilant as well as receive got all necessary precautions to minimise the threat of equine influenza, equally outbreaks of the illness proceed to occur nationwide.
The Animal Health Trust continues to confirm outbreaks of the disease, alongside final calendar week seeing the minute highest number of confirmed outbreaks inwards ane calendar week since the get-go of 2019.
The trust’s managing director of epidemiology as well as illness surveillance, Dr Richard Newton, says the contest flavor is getting into its busiest period, as well as the number of outbreaks is probable to proceed to ascent alongside the displace of horses across the country.
“Flu is however equally much of a threat equally it was before this year,” he said.
“Our advice to Equus caballus owners remains the same; live aware of the clinical signs of equine flu as well as boost your horse’s vaccination if it was given to a greater extent than than half-dozen months ago. Importantly, isolate novel arrivals on your yard as well as proceed to exercise proficient biosecurity at competitions as well as at home.”
Equine flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused past times the equine flu virus. The virus is spread from Equus caballus to Equus caballus via respiratory droplets past times straight contact also equally coughing as well as via indirect contact where appropriate biosecurity is non beingness followed.
The virus relies on this transmission to novel horses to last as well as ane of the nigh notable features of flu is the real quick spread of clinical signs inwards groups of horses as well as its might to spread large distances inwards the air.
“We are however urging all contest as well as number organisers to back upward vaccination inside half-dozen months inwards guild to maximise the hazard of horses having protective immunity,” Newton said.
“If all parts of the equestrian community describe together nosotros stand upward a much ameliorate hazard of containing these outbreaks which present no sign of abating.”
Advice on equine flu, including information on precautions Equus caballus owners tin take, tin live flora at www.equiflunet.org.uk.