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EQUINE FLU UPDATE March 2019

EQUINE FLU

Donkeys are susceptible along with all other equines to Equine Flu.  Ensure your donkeys’ inoculations are up to date, and if not we recommend you contact your vet and arrange for them to be inoculated.    We also recommend that you do not move your donkeys during this outbreak nor allow new equines onto the premises, and also implement your biosecurity measures.  The virus is very contagious and can be spread usually through inhalation of the virus from other infected equines, but can also be spread by people who have had contact with infected equines.

You might find this information on the Donkey Sanctuary website of use: https://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/what-we-do/knowledge-and-advice/for-owners/equine-flu

Equine Flu Update – 01/03/19

Unvaccinated horses and donkeys attending shows / events

Throughout the current equine flu outbreak, the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has continued to urge equine owners to ensure that their vaccination records are up to date.

The BEF has also strongly recommended that all competition and event organisers check the equine ID passports of all equines to ensure that they comply with vaccination rules.

This is based on advice from experts in equine influenza and epidemiology with experience of managing previous outbreaks.

The BEF reminds organisers that, during the current outbreak, it is vital that unvaccinated equines do not mix with other equines because of the increased risk of such an infectious disease spreading. It is important that organisers and owners recognise that equine welfare is a priority and take steps to prevent the further spread of equine flu.

There is more guidance available on the BEF website and in our Q&A

 Equine Flu Update – 01/03/19

Foal influenza vaccination

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) continues to monitor the outbreak of Equine Influenza (EI) and continues to urge all equine owners to make sure their vaccination records are up to date.

The BEF has also issued the following advice to try to maximise the immunity of young foals against EI.

  1.  We urge all owners to adhere to strict biosecurity protocols at all times.
  2.  Vaccinations are subject to local risk assessments by the attending veterinarians.
  3.  In-foal mares that have already had vaccinations of primary EI course should be vaccinated 4-6 weeks before the foal is due to be born.
  4.  Foals should be vaccinated for EI at 6 months to commence their primary course.

 

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