THERE were 62 confirmed cases of equine flu in June 2019 according to recent research from the Animal Health Trust (AHT) - which has led other equine groups to reissue their advice on vaccinations.

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) said that it has closely monitored the equine influenza outbreak from the beginning and said that it notes the latest AHT figures.

The BEF said in a statement: “There were 62 confirmed cases in June 2019 – the most in any month this year. In February, when the outbreak was making headlines, there were 35. The latest figures show 13 outbreaks in the first week of July.

“The increased movement and subsequent mixing of horses is undoubtedly a major factor in the spread of this highly infectious disease.

“From the start of this outbreak the BEF has urged owners to ensure that unvaccinated horses do not mix with other equines.

“We also remind owners of the importance of vaccinations and to ensure that their vaccination records are up to date. The vast majority of confirmed cases reported by the AHT are in unvaccinated horses.

“We continue to recommend that if it has been longer than six months since the last vaccination, owners should discuss a booster with their veterinary surgeon.

“It is also vital that competition and event organisers check the Equine ID passports of all attending horses to ensure they comply with vaccination rules.

“Our recommendations are based on advice from experts in equine flu and epidemiology with experience in managing previous outbreaks.”

The BEF added that further information on preventing the spread of equine flu and protecting horses can be found at