Interim ICC Report – February 2019 #05 (08.02.19

Interim ICC report from German on Equine Influenza, UK on Equine Influenza & Strangles


Equine Influenza

On 8 February 2019, Labor Dr. Böse GmbH  confirmed a case of EI in a non-vaccainated Haflinger horse on a premises in North Rhine Westphalia.  The animal presented with pyrexia.  Positive diagnosis was confirmed by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab.


Equine Influenza (EI)

On 7 February 2019, AHT confirmed further cases of EI on a racing yard in Cheshire (previously reported three cases yesterday, ICC Feb 19 #04). A further three vaccinated Thoroughbreds have been confirmed positive by PCR on nasopharyngeal swabs. There are a total of six confirmed positives among a group of 120. The premises has stopped all horse movements and all horses are being closely monitored. The British Horseracing Authority subsequently cancelled all racing meetings scheduled to take place in Britain until 13 February in order to evaluate the situation, this situation will remain under review as evidence accumulates on surveillance testing among racing yards.


On 7 February 2019, AHT confirmed a case of EI on a premises in Somerset. The affected horse is a vaccinated non-Thoroughbred that presented with transient pyrexia and required no treatment. There is one other horse with similar clinical signs and there are total of 50 horses on the premises. All horse movements have been voluntarily stopped and all horses are being closely monitored.



On 8 February 2019, RESPE reported an outbreak of strangles. There are a total of two confirmed cases among a group of 40, of which one other is showing clinical signs. Affected horses presented with coughing, nasal discharge and abscesses. Positive diagnoses were made by PCR on nasopharyngeal swabs



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International Collating Centre