The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has closely monitored the Equine Influenza outbreak from the beginning and notes the latest figures from the Animal Health Trust (AHT).
There were 62 confirmed cases in June 2019 – the most in any month this year. In February, when the outbreak was making headlines, there were 35. The latest figures show 13 outbreaks in the first week of July.
The increased movement and subsequent mixing of horses is undoubtedly a major factor in the spread of this highly infectious disease. From the start of this outbreak the BEF has urged owners to ensure that unvaccinated horses do not mix with other equines.
We also remind owners of the importance of vaccinations and to ensure that their vaccination records are up to date. The vast majority of confirmed cases reported by the AHT are in unvaccinated horses. We continue to recommend that if it has been longer than six months since the last vaccination, owners should discuss a booster with their veterinary surgeon.
It is also vital that competition and event organisers check the Equine ID passports of all attending horses to ensure they comply with vaccination rules.
Our recommendations are based on advice from experts in equine flu and epidemiology with experience in managing previous outbreaks. You can find more information on how to prevent the spread of equine flu and how to protect your horse here.