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Equine Flu Alert

Wynbury Stables Bio-security terms:
 

Following several confirmed outbreaks of equine influenza in the past month (including one case in Yorkshire), I would ask all clients to be extremely vigilant for respiratory disease in their horses. 
 

In view of the current outbreak, we cannot allow unvaccinated equines to be brought onto our yard. If your horse or pony has been vaccinated you should wait 6 days following the day of the vaccination.

At the moment we are still allowing facility hire and clinic/competition attendance under strict bio-security measures and vaccination records are being checked. 

Please ensure that you do not allow your horses to sniff other horses and avoid unnecessary contact with other people's horses. Please do not stroke or have any contact with horses in the fields or stables at our yard and there is to be no hand grazing around the lorry park. 

 

Thank you for your cooporation.

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Typical signs (cough, nasal discharge, enlarged glands, conjunctivitis, depression, loss of appetite, filling of lower limbs and high fever) appear in 2-5 days and spread rapidly through the yard. If your horse shows any signs, isolate the horse and contact your vet immediately, prompt laboratory confirmation will allow best management decisions to be made. AHT offer free testing.

Vaccinated horses will show less marked signs and will recover more quickly. Vaccination protection is at it’s most effective in the first 6 months following a jab.

Bio-security is key.

Equine Flu is very contagious and spreads rapidly with the virus being released into the air over long distances. Vaccination is essential to eradicating Equine Flu as it would not be able to get a foothold in herds. The virus spreads easily in the air and can live on surfaces but is sensitive to all common disinfectants. Daily temperature taking of all horses is good practice and especially recommended at the present time. When travelling between yards for competitions and or lesson etc, take care not to allow horses form other herds to touch noses with your horses, do not share buckets, hay nets etc. Do not stroke other people’s horses or allow them to stroke yours.

Having a yard health plan for everyone to follow will reduce the risk of any infectious diseases being introduced to the premises, and good hygiene can minimise the risk of infections being spread between horses.

More information: www.equiflunet.org.uk