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Flu Alert for Horse Owners

10 November 2014

UK - Cases of equine influenza have continued to rise since September, warns the British Equine Veterinary Association.

Areas affected since 10th September include Cornwall, Cumbria, Essex, Somerset, Staffordshire, Sussex and Worcestershire in England, and East Lothian, Perthshire, Scottish Borders and South Ayrshire in Scotland.

Some of the affected horses had recently travelled from other areas of the UK, whilst some had recently been imported from Ireland.

Signs to look out for include a harsh dry cough, nasal discharge, pyrexia and inappetance - particularly in these areas, or in horses that have recently been transported. Signs may be mild in vaccinated horses.

You can send in samples to the AHT for free diagnosis by using your equine flu swabbing kits and by taking paired blood samples.

If you need any more information or more kits and submission forms please contact the AHT or click here for the latest information.

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