Equine Influenza Outbreak – Latest information

11th Feb 2019

It has been recently reported that there have been cases of Equine Influenza in vaccinated horses. Evidence shows that horses which have been vaccinated will have a degree of cross protection against exposure from other strains of the virus. Clinical symptoms in vaccinated horses are therefore reduced to a much milder version than those seen in unvaccinated horses. The Animal Health Trust has recommended, and we would therefore advise that all horses who haven’t been vaccinated in the last 6 months receive a booster vaccination. This can be done on our Zone Visits without a call out fee (subject to availability). We are currently speaking with our vaccine manufacturer and will be updating clients as to which vaccine will be best to use in due course. We will report on this again as soon as we have more information.

The authorities have yet to identify the strain of the virus and hence the effectiveness of current available vaccines remains unknown. We ask owners to remain vigilant about monitoring their horses for ‘flu’ symptoms. The symptoms to be aware of are an increase in temperature, loss of appetite, lethargy, runny nose, or a cough.

If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to call the office on 01483 811007.

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