Advice about Equine Flu

Cheltenham Equine Vets advice about Equine influenza outbreak 2019

Cheltenham Equine Vets recommend that all horses and ponies (even if up to date) receive a booster vaccination if they have not had one within the past 6 months. This is in line with the BHA and BEF guidance statements issued in February 2019. We will be closely monitoring the outbreak situation and the advice issued bye these organisations.

Please check your horse/pony’s passport; if necessary we can check our records for you. If your horse or pony is not vaccinated we highly recommend that you start a vaccination course as this is highly contagious virus and it is airborne.

If you suspect your horse/pony maybe affected then please contact us immediately. Signs of disease can include high temperature, cough, snotty nose, enlarged glands (under the lower jaw), swollen or sore eyes, depression, loss of appetite and swelling in the lower legs.

Horses with suspicious signs should be tested by nasopharyngeal swab or blood test. Suspected cases should be kept in isolation until confirmed. These steps will ensure the outbreak is contained and any disruption minimised.

If your horse has been in contact with an infected horse we suggest that you should take immediate veterinary advice.

Further information can be found via the AHT equiflunet website, which is updated daily.

https://www.aht.org.uk/disease-surveillance/equiflunet

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