Our aim is to improve awareness of equine influenza amongst veterinary surgeons and horse owners.
Equine flu can have a huge impact on competitive events, but may also cause severe problems in pet horses if not recognized quickly.
Jan 2019: equine flu in Lincolnshire, UK. Unvaccinated 12-year-old pony presented with cough & nasal discharge. 4 of 7 unvaccinated in-contacts also showing signs consistent with EI. Virus isolation & characterisation is underway at the AHT. Initial diagnosis made by Rossdales.
We can help
We are here to help veterinary surgeries when faced with a potential influenza outbreak. You can also find information here on the Animal Health Trust equine flu surveillance scheme, which provides free advice and diagnostic testing for equine influenza to all practices who register.
We’ll help you identify the signs of equine flu and inform you on the best course of action if you suspect your horse may be infected. You’ll also find useful information about the nature of this infection and how you can vaccinate to protect against influenza in your horse
We are an OIE reference laboratory for equine flu and provide support to other laboratories around the World. We also collaborate with an international network of laboratories and experts to help select virus strains suitable for use in commercial vaccines.
Our work to protect against equine flu is dependent on equine nasal swab samples, so please call your veterinary surgeon if you think your horse has flu and have them sent in. The Horserace Betting Levy Board supports our work, so we offer free diagnostic testing for suspected cases.