Update at 23:22 GMT, 11th Feb – The BHA has confirmed a ‘risk managed return’ to racing will commence from Weds 13th Feb
Update at 16:00 GMT, 11th Feb – The BHA will announce after 10:30pm whether racing will continue from Wednesday of this week.
Update at 10:00 GMT, 11th Feb – Four horses have been found to have tested positive for Equine Influenza at the yard of Simon Crisford in Newmarket.
Update at 22:00 GMT, 8th Feb – The BHA reports ongoing tests as various yards in a bid to control the situation as much as possible, and enable racing to resume as soon as practical.
At this time a further three positive cases have been identified, all from the original yard. The total now stands at six.
Raise A Spark was an infected horse and had raced on 6th Feb ay Ayr Racecourse.
Update at 16:45 GMT, 7th Feb – British racing suspended until (and including 12th Feb), with an announcement expected to be made on Monday 11th by the BHA in relation to any further restrictions.
Original article follows:
At the time of writing this early on Thursday 7th February 2019 the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) as backed by the BHA’s veterinary committee, has chosen to cancel all British racing.
The reason being is the Animal Health Trust has confirmed three cases of Equine Influenza in an active racing yard.
Infected horses had raced at Ayr and Ludlow on Wednesday 6th, obviously this has potentially exposed a large number of other British and Irish horses to the Influenza who have likely now returned back to their respective yards.
The BHA has stated that it is working quickly to identify the yards that are potentially affected and will identify further actions necessary. The main aim being to reduce, as much as possible, the risk of the disease spreading further.
Currently the full extent of exposure is unknown, but we’re waiting on further updates from the BHA as to how horse racing will be affected over the coming days.
What is Equine Influenza?
Equine Influenza is a very contagious, infectious disease of horses, donkeys and mules caused by the Influenza A virus. It can be very damaging, causing high fever, coughing and nasal discharge.
Unlike most infectious diseases, Equine Influenza can be airborne over significant distances and can even be transmitted via contact with people – though humans suffer no known consequences.
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