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Equine influenza suspected in Jersey

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SOME horse riding events and clinics have been cancelled after a suspected outbreak of equine influenza at a Jersey yard.

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In a post online, New Era Veterinary Hospital said a stable had horses with symptoms associated with the disease, which is highly contagious and can be fatal.

Vets have urged horse owners to keep their animals away from other yards to help prevent it spreading.

‘The symptoms are variable, but include coughing, depression, enlarged lymph nodes, fever, nasal discharge and an unwillingness to eat,’ the post from New Era Vets said.

‘Even vaccinated horses may show milder symptoms of the disease, but we would recommend checking your horses’ vaccination status and remaining vigilant’.

British Show Jumping Association Jersey chairwoman Jo Patterson said the organisation had cancelled its academy training this week as a result of the suspected outbreak and called for people to observe bio-security protocols when visiting their horses.

Jersey Village Vets is dealing with the suspected cases of the disease. They have encouraged owners to seek veterinary help if their horse is unvaccinated or unwell.

The Jersey Riding Club’s evening ride has also been cancelled this week as a result, as has a forthcoming clinic at Home Farm in St Mary.

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