Hygiene & Biosecurity
Maintaining good hygiene and biosecurity practices on your yard can also help to prevent the spread of equine flu. This includes isolating new horses, disinfecting vehicles and ensuring horses have their own haynets, feed bowls and tack etc.
Having a yard biosecurity plan in place will reduce the risk of equine flu and other infectious diseases being introduced to the premises, and good hygiene can minimise the risk of infections being spread between horses. Where signs of infectious disease are suspected veterinary advice should be sought immediately to allow a diagnosis to be made and ensure an effective control plan is implemented
Quarantine - brought in horses should remain separate from others on the yard for a period of 2-3 weeks to ensure they are not incubating infectious diseases.
Hygiene - Maintaining a high level of cleanliness and hygiene reduces the risk of disease introduction and spread. Ensuring that animals have their own dedicated feeding equipment and tack will reduce the risk of diseases spreading. The flu virus can persist on surfaces and objects that have been contaminated by respiratory secretions from infected animals – the use appropriate disinfectants can remove these and reduce the risk of an outbreak.
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