The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has cancelled racing in Britain on Thursday, February 7, because of equine influenza. The decision is supported by BHA's industry veterinary committee; the concern stems from the presence of confirmed Equine Influenza in three horses that had been vaccinated for the disease.
The horses confirmed with the disease had raced in Ayr and Ludlow, potentially exposing many other horses to the disease, both in England and Ireland. The presence of the disease in vaccinated horses is a cause for significant concern for both equine welfare and the potential spread of disease, the BHA said in a release.
The BHA is in contact with stables that may have been exposed to the infected horses to ensure biosecurity and quarantine protocol are enacted, as well as to limit the movement of potentially exposed horses.
At this time, the full extent of potential exposure is unknown, the BHA reports. They will report additional details on their website.
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