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Europe Wide: Horse Flu Alert

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Topic: Europe Wide: Horse Flu Alert
Posted By: Technophobe
Subject: Europe Wide: Horse Flu Alert
Date Posted: January 19 2019 at 2:50pm
BHA issues warning to trainers over equine influenza outbreak

By Keith Melrose
3:04PM, JAN 19 2019

Several outbreaks of equine influenza across Europe have prompted the BHA to issue a warning to British racing professionals, a development it has described as concerning.

Outbreaks have occurred in vaccinated horses in France, Belgium and Ireland, with three in unvaccinated horses in Britain.

In a notice posted to the BHA's Racing Admin site, the statement reads: "The BHA would like to make trainers and other industry participants aware of several outbreaks of equine influenza in France, Belgium and Ireland, some of which have occurred in vaccinated horses."

The statement then lists 11 known cases, beginning with four in France in December. Four have been reported in the UK since January 2: three have been in unvaccinated horses, although the vaccination status of the fourth case, discovered on Friday, is not yet known.

Two cases were reported in Ireland on Thursday, one of which concerned a vaccinated thoroughbred animal.

The statement added: "While we have not seen equine influenza in vaccinated animals in the UK, these reports are concerning. We would advise trainers to be extra vigilant with biosecurity and ensure all vaccinations are up to date. New horses entering a yard should be isolated for a period of 14 days.

"Horses showing signs that could be flu (especially rapidly spreading nasal discharge and/or harsh dry cough) should be promptly investigated by your vet. These symptoms may only be transient in vaccinated horses. The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) will cover laboratory costs for testing for equine influenza at the Animal Health Trust, if submitted under the HBLB scheme."

Equine influenza is an airborne infection and can travel, so it can be difficult to contain. The statement concluded by reiterating that all cases must be reported to the BHA.

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Posted By: Technophobe
Date Posted: February 07 2019 at 1:19pm

Equine flu outbreak forces British Horseracing Authority to cancel all meetings until next week

Huntingdon Racecourse - Equine flu outbreak forces British Horseracing Authority to cancel all meetings until next week
Huntingdon was one of four racecourses that was closed on Thursday folllowing an outbreak of equine flu Credit: PA

7 February 2019 • 5:07pm

There will be no racing in Britain until Feb 13 at the earliest, the British Horseracing Authority has announced.

An outbreak of equine flu has caused a six-day shutdown, with racing's rulers set to make a further assessment on Monday as to when racing can resume.

News broke late on Wednesday evening that the virus had been detected and Donald McCain confirmed on Thursday that he has three confirmed cases in his yard.

Whilst the infected horses had not been racing this week, McCain has had runners at Wolverhampton, Ayr and Ludlow.

As a result, any trainer who ran a horse at those meetings has had restrictions placed on their movement.

No further positive tests have been recorded, but another three days are needed before it will be possible to make a decision on whether it is safe to resume racing as the disease can take that long to show its symptoms.

The BHA has cancelled all racing until next week at the earliest following the outbreak Credit: Getty Images

In a statement, the BHA said: This approach will allow samples to be collected and assessed by the Animal Health Trust in order that a fully informed decision can be made on Monday.

"This may then allow declarations to take place on Tuesday in time for racing on Wednesday, with 24-hour declarations for all fixtures on this day, should racing be able to resume. Declarations for Thursday would revert to the usual procedures.

"Trainers support a precautionary approach and we thank them for the collaborative manner in which they have worked with us to address this unfolding situation.

"This precautionary approach is intended to ensure we put the health of the horse population and control of the virus first, and avoid any unnecessary risk that might come from returning to racing too quickly.

"We appreciate the impact that this may have on the sport commercially, but disease control in order to mitigate the risk of further disruption to the sport – and safeguard the health and welfare of our horses – must be a priority."

It added that a plan to reschedule this weekend's key races will be constructed.

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Posted By: Technophobe
Date Posted: February 10 2019 at 3:38pm
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