UK Animal Health Trust raise flu alarm
The Animal Health Trust has continued to diagnose cases of equine influenza in the UK over the last two months. 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.
Owners have been warned to be on the lookout for the classic influenza signs including 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.