British Horses Still Threatened By Equine Influenza

Outbreaks of equine influenza are still occurring across Britain and horse owners are encouraged to remain cautious and utilize measures to prevent the spread of the disease. The Animal Health Trust saw the second highest number of confirmed cases of equine flu in 2019 during the last week in May.

Dr. Richard Newton, the director of epidemiology and surveillance for the Animal Health Trust, says flu outbreaks are expected to rise as horses continue to move across the country for competitions. The highly contagious virus is spread through nose-to-nose contact of horses, as well as through indirect contact.

Newton’s advice to horse owners remains the same: know the signs of flu and administer a booster if it’s been more than 6 months since the horse received one. Also, isolate new arrivals to the farm and use good biosecurity measures both at home and at competitions.

Information on equine flu, including precautions horse owners should take, can be found at

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