Equine Flu August 2019

Outbreaks

Please note that these are laboratory confirmed outbreaks covering the UK only and that outbreaks may involve one or more clinically affected animals.

Where infection has been confirmed in vaccinated animals, the appropriate vaccine manufacturers and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate will be made aware by the treating vet. If a vet has a suspect case of EI in a vaccinated animal, we encourage sampling to confirm infection, however, suspect cases on yards with confirmed EI should also be reported to vaccine manufacturers.

224. Bridgend
On 22 August 2019, AHT confirmed an outbreak of EI on a premises in Bridgend. The laboratory confirmed positive is an unvaccinated non-Thoroughbred that presented with coughing, nasal discharge and pyrexia. The likely source of the infection is not confirmed. There are five other horses displaying similar clinical signs. The positive diagnosis was confirmed by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab.

223. Kent
On 16 August 2019, AHT confirmed an outbreak of EU on a premises in Kent. The laboratory confirmed positive is an unvaccinated non-Thoroughbred that presented with coughing and nasal discharge. The positive diagnosis was confirmed by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab.

222. Neath Port Talbot
On 14 August 2019, AHT confirmed an outbreak of EI on a premises in Neath Port Talbot. The two laboratory confirmed positives are unvaccinated non-Thoroughbreds that presented with coughing, lethargy, lymphadenopathy, nasal discharge and pyrexia. The likely source of the infection is not confirmed. There are around 25 in contacts and many of these are also showing clinical signs. The positive diagnoses were confirmed by PCR on nasopharyngeal swabs.

221. Neath Port Talbot
On 9 August 2019, AHT confirmed an outbreak of EI on a premises in Neath Port Talbot. The two laboratory confirmed positives are unvaccinated non-Thoroughbreds that presented with coughing, lymphadenopathy, nasal discharge and pyrexia. The likely source of the infection is not confirmed but there have been new arrivals to the premises in the preceding few weeks. There are around 20 in contacts. The positive diagnoses were confirmed by PCR on nasopharyngeal swabs.

220. County Antrim
On 9 August 2019, AHT confirmed an outbreak of EI on a premises in Northern Ireland. The laboratory confirmed positive is an unvaccinated non-Thoroughbred that presented with coughing, nasal discharge and pyrexia. The likely source of the infection is through recent attendance at an event. There are around 10 unvaccinated in contacts and three of these also have similar clinical signs. The positive diagnosis was confirmed by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab.

219. Greater Manchester
On 6 August 2019, AHT confirmed an outbreak of EI on a premises in Greater Manchester. The laboratory confirmed positive is an unvaccinated non-Thoroughbred that presented with coughing, lymphadenopathy, nasal discharge and pyrexia. There are 4 in contacts and one of these has been reported to also have clinical signs. The positive diagnosis was confirmed by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab.

218. Pembrokeshire
On 6 August 2019, AHT confirmed an outbreak of EI on a premises in Pembrokeshire. The laboratory confirmed positive is an unvaccinated non-Thoroughbred that presented with coughing, nasal discharge and pyrexia. The likely source of the infection is not confirmed but horses have been offsite in the last few weeks. There are 10 in contacts and one of these has been reported to also have clinical signs. The positive diagnosis was confirmed by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab.

217. Neath Port Talbot
On 1 August 2019, AHT confirmed an outbreak of EI on a premises in Neath Port Talbot. The laboratory confirmed positive is an unvaccinated non-Thoroughbred that presented with coughing and nasal discharge. There are around 20 in contacts. The positive diagnosis was confirmed by PCR on nasopharyngeal swabs.