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Vets asked to keep swabbing for equine flu

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By Kathryn Clark

Horse owners and vets across the UK are being urged to remain vigilant for signs of equine influenza despite a decision to allow horseracing to resume in Britain.

All race fixtures at British racecourses were cancelled on 7 February following the confirmation of equine influenza among vaccinated thoroughbreds on a racing yard. The virus was reported at a second yard on 10 February. Robust containment measures were placed around both sites and the British Horseracing Authority announced on 11 February that a ‘risk-managed return’ to racing would take place on 13 February, with strict biosecurity …

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