Interim ICC Report – February 2019 #12 (19.02.19)

France

Equine Influenza (EI)

On 19 February 2019, RESPE reported an outbreak of EI on a premises in Saône-et-Loire. There are a total of two laboratory confirmed cases by PCR on nasopharyngeal swabs, with a further three also displaying clinical signs, among a group of 15. Clinical signs include coughing, lymphadenopathy and nasal discharge. All affected horses are vaccinated and vaccinated horses that had had a booster in the last six months showed milder clinical signs.

 

Strangles

On 19 February 2019, RESPE reported an outbreak of strangles on a premises in Calvados. There are two laboratory confirmed positives by PCR on nasopharyngeal swabs by LABEO Frank Duncombe.

 

UK

Equine Influenza (EI)

On 15 February 2019, AHT confirmed an outbreak of EI on a premises in Shropshire. There are a total of four unvaccinated non-Thoroughbreds on the premises and all have tested positive for EI by PCR on nasopharyngeal swabs. Clinical signs have been mild to moderate in severity, all have been coughing, lethargic and have bilateral nasal discharge and two cases were pyrexic on the day of examination. These horses attended a hunt meet on 9 February and presented with clinical signs three days after. Other horses that attended this meet from other premises have also since been confirmed positive.

 

On 18 February 2019, AHT confirmed an outbreak of EI on a premises in Staffordshire. There is one laboratory confirmed positive by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab among a group of five, with all five demonstrating clinical signs. All are unvaccinated non-Thoroughbreds. Clinical signs include mild transient coughing and nasal discharge. Two cases have also demonstrated pyrexia and a reduced appetite. All cases are improving and voluntary movement restrictions are in place.

 

 

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International Collating Centre