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Posted 2019-02-15 14:01:18  
UK Equine Influenza update from a South African Perspective

The Equine Influenza cases that were reported from the UK on 7 February 2019 and current updates, have revealed the following. According to the BHA’s Veterinary Committee and their team of competent Veterinarians, they confirmed that the Equine Influenza virus is the “Florida Clade 1” strain, which is endemic to North and South America. According to the BHA’s Veterinary Committee this is different from the “Clade 2” strain that is endemic to Europe.

 

In South Africa we vaccinate utilising vaccines that mostly contain these abovementioned strains. The difference with our vaccination protocol is that we vaccinate our race horses every six months, in order to ensure that we may avoid an outbreak.

 

Horses being imported into South Africa from these countries are tested for Equine Influenza during their 30 day quarantine period prior to departure, and thereafter, a further 30 day quarantine period after arrival in South Africa.

As a precautionary measure we advise that strict biosecurity measures be applied to all persons coming into contact with thoroughbreds, especially from these affected regions. 

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