Equine Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease in horses. Learn how to recognize, treat and prevent it in this Canadian Thoroughbred article.
In February 2019, a widespread outbreak of equine influenza led to a six-day shutdown for the United Kingdom’s racing industry. In addition to 23 race meet cancellations, 174 racing stables were placed under lockdown by the British Horseracing Authority. It is estimated that the result was a loss of $350 million in revenue for the British racing industry.
Because of the contagious nature of equine influenza, authorities were quick to attempt to halt the disease in its tracks. In this article, we learn that careful biosecurity measures can help limit the spread, and that equine caretakers must pay close attention for signs of infection.
While there is no sure for equine influenza, it is rarely fatal, and can be managed with supportive therapies and medications. Horses are, however, vulnerable to developing secondary bacterial infections.