Equine Influenza Outbreak

Lissie

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I'm roughing Lottie off, she's living out as we have horses in our very small barn going out to clinics and shows. She'll have a few weeks off and hopefully in a weeks I'll bring her back into work when it's stopped spreading.
 
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domane

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We are allowed to hack out locally but not travel. It was just about to be lifted but then we had another suspected case 3 miles away so we've got to wait another couple of weeks now :rolleyes:
 

Bodshi

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We don't have any restrictions and don't know of any local yards that have it but our vets are still posting updates about new cases in the uk. Seems to be a lot of cases where a horse 'recently imported from Ireland' has brought it to the yard (also, still a lot of unvaccinated horses contracting it). Every single horse on our yard is done now, including the oldies that are just field ornaments and the two yearlings.
 

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Everyone around me is just carrying on as normal. I can't take Ben anywhere at the moment so it doesn't really concern me. Our yard is completely private so no risk of other horses coming onsite etc.
 

Bodshi

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Only Eva of mine was vaccinated... so 4 weeks ago I started them all off on there vaccinations and they have there 2 nd jab today..... so by the end of this year they will all be up to date.
That was the same on our yard. Most of the horses weren't vaccinated (including our Jack) because they never go anywhere apart, maybe, from local hacking. Now they're all done.
 

eventerbabe

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Dredging up an older thread BUT the newest confirmed case is in my area. Very lucky to have mine at home and they won't be going anywhere. All fully vaccinated. But feels a little too close for comfort (although affected yard is 35 miles from us!). A lot of our local vets "jumped on the bandwagon" when flu first spread to Scotland and started trying to get owners to restart vaccinations for flu. Cue a large number of horses and ponies coming down with laminitis after the vaccine. Is this happening in other areas or a coincidence?
 
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Jessey

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Dredging up an older thread BUT the newest confirmed case is in my area. Very lucky to have mine at home and they won't be going anywhere. All fully vaccinated. But feels a little too close for comfort (although affected yard is 35 miles from us!). A lot of our local vets "jumped on the bandwagon" when flu first spread to Scotland and started trying to get owners to restart vaccinations for flu. Cue a large number of horses and ponies coming down with laminitis after the vaccine. Is this happening in other areas or a coincidence?
Interesting about getting lots of lami, my vets didn't mention it when things first kicked off here with EI, but there has been warnings about it more recently so it looks like here at least the vacs and lami are unrelated and lami has just come with spring. Thankfully my vet is a sensible sort and said she'd only recommend the 6 monthly if you're out competing, though the practice was encouraging it and we're offering the initial shot in a new course for free.
 
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A couple of places I've questioned where they hire out manages have said they are following the bef guidelines and they only require annual vaccinations for comps. Fei comp rules state 6 monthly vaccinations automatically and have for a while. Also a requirement for overseas fei comps.
I guess you have to way up the risk yourself.
I actually went to a funride at the weekend. They said in a statement before the ride that they were following bef guidance but they wouldn't be able to check horses and passports at the ride as they didnt have the man power. There were over 400 horses on the course. Some people even travelled vast distances to attend the ride.
Clearly with so many attending people maybe aren't giving flu a second thought.
 

eventerbabe

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There's been uproar locally as different venues have had different rules. Some agri/RC shows demanding 6 monthly, some yearly, some not caring and passport checks varying. One show venue not checking and asking for simple biosecurity to be observed through to another place not allowing unloading until passports checked. I'm not competing so not worried, but given the devestation caused to some local owners going with restarting vaccines, I'd forego competitions. By devestation I mean losing their beloved horses to laminitis as tonight I've heard of at least two requiring PTS due to rotation and foundering.
 

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I think there's been a case confirmed in Aberdeenshire a day or so ago, same old story, recently imported horse.
 

eventerbabe

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That is the case I'm referring to. Imported from Ireland and if hearsay is to be believed imported by the same dealer who supplied infected horses in the central belt. Don't know how true that is, but that's the local rumour going about. Equine flu even made our local paper as agricultural show committee member has quit over vaccination policy.