Advice to horse owners regarding equine flu

On 7th February 2019, the British Horseracing Authority made the decision to cancel all racing until 13th February. The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has not yet cancelled events but it is monitoring the situation closely. In the meantime owners are advised to:
• ensure that all vaccinations are fully up to date;
• administer a booster to horses whose most recent vaccination was more than 6 months ago;
• be vigilant in looking for signs of disease, which can include high temperature, cough, snotty nose, enlarged glands (under the lower jaw), swollen or sore eyes, depression, loss of appetite or swelling in the lower legs;
• isolate any horse(s) displaying these signs and seek veterinary advice immediately;
• do not allow any horses showing signs of equine flu, or horses that might have been in contact with possibly infected horses, to travel to competitions or other events where there will be groups of horses;
• take immediate veterinary advice regarding any horse(s) that have been in contact with an infected horse.

The British Equestrian Federation, British Horseracing Authority and Animal Health Trust have guidance on their websites which will be updated regularly.

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