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.
February 2019: There have been multiple outbreaks of equine flu in the UK and Europe in recent weeks affecting both vaccinated and unvaccinated horses. More information on the 2019 outbreaks can be downloaded below. So far all of the UK viruses that have been isolated and characterised at the AHT belong to Florida clade 1. The haemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) gene sequences for the viruses that have been characterised at the AHT so far have been released onto the GISAID EpiFlu database
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.