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Positive test results for equine influenza leaves UK racing in turmoil

ThereisenormoustroublebrewingintheUKracingindustrythatcouldhavefar-reachingimplicationsthroughoutEurope。

Thoroughbredracingwascancelledindefinitelytodayafteraracingstablereturnednotone,butthreeconfirmedequineinfluenzapositivesfromhorsesthatwerevaccinated。

ThehorsesinquestionallracedatAyrandLudlowonWednesdayafternoon,puttingdozensofotherhorsesandstablesinEnglandandIrelandatanenormousriskofinfection。

TheBritishHorseracingAuthorityhasbeenquicktoact,butitmaybetoolatetostopacripplingoutbreak。

Inastatementreleasedjustminutesago,theBHAexpresseditsveryrealconcerns。

Thefactthatthecaseshavebeenidentifiedinvaccinatedhorsespresentsacauseforsignificantconcernoverwelfareandthepotentialspreadofthediseaseandtheactiontocancelracinghasbeenviewedasnecessaryinordertorestrict,asfaraspossible,theriskoffurtherspreadofthedisease,thestatementread。

LearnmoreabouthorseracingintheUKandaroundtheworld

EquineinfluenzacrippledtheAustralianracingindustryin2007。

AfteranoutbreakinNewSouthWales,thestatesDepartmentofPrimaryIndustrieslaterrecordedthatmorethan47,000horseswereinfectedacross5943properties,puttingindustryworkers,ownersandtrainersonthebrinkofcollapse。

TheNSWhorse-racingindustryresumedracing11monthsafterithadinitiallybeencancelled,whichwaswellaheadofsomeestimations。

ThethreatofasimilareventhappeningacrosstheUKwillhaveauthoritiesinanabsolutepanic。

UsingAustraliaspreventativemeasuresasaguide,BHAwillactquicklytoquarantinetheinfectedandavoidthespreadwhichcouldveryeasilymakeitswaytoEurope。

TheBHAhasworkedquicklytoidentifywhichyardscouldhavepotentiallybeenexposedtodayandidentifythefurtheractionsrequired。

TheBHAispresentlycommunicatingwithyardspotentiallyexposedtoensureappropriatequarantineandbiosecuritymeasuresareputinplaceandhorsemovementsrestrictedtoavoidpossiblefurtherspreadofthedisease。

Thefullextentofpotentialexposureisunknownandweareworkingquicklytounderstandasmuchaswecantoassistourdecisionmaking。

TheBHAisworkingcloselywiththeAnimalHealthTrustandwillissueafurtherupdatetomorrow。

Werecommendthatanytrainerwhohasconcernsaboutthehealthstatusofanyoftheirhorsesshouldcontacttheirveterinarian。

ShouldthediseasemakeitswaytoEurope,theresultscouldbecatastrophic。

Racingindustriescouldbelookingatyearswithoutcompetitionandtheflow-oneffectsforstallions,studs,salesandeveryoneinvolvedwiththeindustrywillbecrippling。

Makenomistake,thisisabigstory。


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