Is equine influenza life threatening?
A carrier state is not recognized for equine influenza. The clinical outcome after viral exposure largely depends on immune status; clinical disease varies from a mild, inapparent infection to severe disease in susceptible animals. Influenza is rarely fatal except in donkeys, zebras, and debilitated horses.
Is equine influenza treatable?
Treatment of Influenza in Horses
While there is no treatment that will kill the influenza virus, supportive care and management of the virus are the best option when treating an affected horse. Your horse should be rested for at least six weeks to allow any damaged tissues within the respiratory tract to fully heal.
How long does horse flu last?
Illness may last from 2 to 10 days but complete recovery takes much longer and horses remain capable of spreading disease throughout the period during which they are sick.
What does equine influenza affect?
The highly contagious disease, more commonly known as equine flu, is caused by the influenza virus and affects the upper and lower respiratory tract of horses, donkeys and mules.
Can humans catch equine influenza?
Humans do not get infected with equine influenza. However, humans can physically carry the virus on their skin, hair, clothing and shoes, and can therefore transfer the virus to other horses.
How far can equine influenza travel?
How far can influenza travel? Influenza is an airborne virus and can spread quickly and easily through a yard. Under favourable weather conditions it can spread up to 5km.
Is equine influenza a notifiable disease?
What’s their role in managing this outbreak? While Equine influenza is not a notifiable disease in the UK and therefore not controlled by Government, we will be in touch with Defra to advise them of the situation and the actions being taken.
How do horses recover from equine influenza?
There is no specific treatment for influenza beyond rest and supportive care while the infection runs its course—usually three days or less. Your veterinarian may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to curb the horse’s fever, which will make him more comfortable so he will continue to eat and drink.
How often does a horse need a flu jab?
Vaccination is often given as a combination vaccine with equine influenza. A primary course of two vaccinations is given 4-6 weeks apart, followed by a booster in 12 months. Subsequent vaccinations are usually given every 2 years.
How long does it take for a horse to recover from a virus?
Most horses should recover from viral infections over 3 to 7 days but should have 2 or more weeks off from structured exercise.