EQUINE INFLUENZA UPDATE – Friday 8th February 2019



EQUINE INFLUENZA UPDATE – Friday 8th February 2019

The IHRB reiterate that racing will continue in Ireland with enhanced measures as follows:


We are aware that a small number of isolated cases of equine influenza continue to be confirmed in Ireland and that the situation in Britain continues to evolve. Horses will continue to be able to race across the north/south of the island of Ireland. This situation is being closely monitored.

Horses in training must be vaccinated for equine influenza in Ireland under Rule 90 and 91. The requirement above is an update relating to the type of vaccine and when it is given. As previously noted, the disease is being reported in vaccinated horses. Symptoms to be aware of range from an increased temperature, coughing and nasal discharge and the horse being off feed to more severe respiratory signs – your veterinary surgeon should be contacted for advice under current circumstances if these signs are present.

Testing for equine influenza is provided free of charge by the IEC – it is recommended that any trainer with any concerns should avail of this in order to establish their horses’ disease status. As with any contagious infectious disease outbreak, rapid diagnosis and effective management is key to recovery and minimising spread of disease.

Trainers and handlers who have concerns or questions in relation to this should contact,

The IEC on +353 (0)45 866266 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or Dr. Lynn Hillyer, Chief Veterinary Officer IHRB on 087 1925 366