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Everything You Need to Know About Equine Influenza

This February, equine influenza generated mainstream media attention when a wide-spread outbreak of the disease caused a six-day racing industry shutdown in the United Kingdom. Coverage by news organizations such as The Guardian newspaper, the BBC and CNN highlighted the national scope of the outbreak that – as of Feb. 17 – included 29 separate outbreaks in 17 counties across England and Scotland. In addition to the race meet cancellations, a total of 174 racing stables were placed under full lockdown by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) after the disease was found to be present in horses that had been vaccinated against influenza. The BHAs move prompted Ireland to place a temporary ban on entries from all UK-based racehorses. Although racing in the UK resumed by the end of the month, the February outbreak resulted in the loss of 23 racing meets and an estimated $350 million in revenue for…

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