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Equine breakout leaves horse sanctuary near Radlett on lockdown

 Published on: 14th February 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Cecil’s Horse Sanctuary near Radlett is on lockdown after discovering some of their horses have developed the equine flu.

The flu, which has become a national epidemic, is a highly infectious disease which affects horses, mules and donkeys, caused by strains of influenza A virus.

It is the most potentially damaging of the respiratory viruses that occur in the UK.

Equine and disease symptoms in non–immune animals include high fever, coughing and nasal discharge.

However, in recent weeks, even some vaccinated horses are suffering from the disease.

Cecil’s Horse Sanctuary today (February 14) confirmed its premises are in lockdown due to an outbreak in its own horses.

Cecil’s statement read: “Dear supporters,

“As many have heard about the national outbreak of equine flu, sadly we have confirmed cases of equine flu at Elstree. Unfortunately the Sanctuary is now on lockdown.

“All ponies are being monitored by our vet and treated where necessary. Bio-security measures are in place.

“We have had no new ponies at our yard, rescues, our own or otherwise. Please bear with us during these difficult times.

“Many thanks, Julie and the team at Cecil’s.”

Equine influenza can be highly contagious and – unlike other infectious diseases – can be airborne over reasonable distances as well as be transmitted indirectly, including via people.

There are no known consequences for humans associated with exposure to the disease.

The team are urging supporters to help them by donating to their veterinary account at Meadowbrook Equine Clinic.

Please call them on 0845 296 6675 (ref. Cecil’s Horse Sanctuary) if you wish to donate.

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