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US NewsFresh blow to horse racing as new cases of equine flu found

10:00  11 february  2019
10:00  11 february  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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No new equine flu cases as swabs are analysed by Animal Health Trust. Those desperate for normal service to be resumed following the cancellation of racing since Thursday will be cheered by Since Wednesday six horses , all trained by Donald McCain, have tested positive, with the virus now

Fears that the current shutdown of British racing could extend beyond Wednesday deepened after another case of equine flu was suspected in Co Durham and 174 yards are now in lockdown.

Fresh blow to horse racing as new cases of equine flu found © Reuters Equine influenza spreads quickly through horses coughing or contaminated equipment

Four new cases of equine flu have been reported, potentially dashing hopes British horse racing could resume this week.

It had been thought the sport would restart on Wednesday.

The new cases were identified in vaccinated thoroughbreds at the Newmarket yard of trainer Simon Crisford, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said late on Sunday.

Racing has been on an enforced six-day shutdown since Thursday after an initial three cases were found at Donald McCain's stable in Cheshire. This has risen to six cases.

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No new cases of equine flu have been confirmed following tests of hundreds of horses , the British Horseracing Authority says. The organisation's Director of Equine Health and Welfare added: "I would advise against anyone drawing any conclusions or making any predictions based on this set of

Horse racing is facing its biggest health - and financial - crisis in 18 years, with the industry forced to close down in the UK due to an outbreak of equine flu . Racing is the second-best attended sport in the UK after football, and supports a number of other ancillary sectors, from horse training and

Fresh blow to horse racing as new cases of equine flu found © PA

In a statement, the BHA said Mr Crisford's yard "is one of the 174 which has been required to undergo testing due to the fact that runners from the stable competed at the fixture at Newcastle on 5 February, which had been identified as a potential risk fixture".

"At the moment the affected horses are all contained within this yard," it added.

A further statement will be made on Monday, with a decision on whether racing will be pushed back further than Wednesday.

Fresh blow to horse racing as new cases of equine flu found © Getty

The strain of equine flu which has halted UK horse racing is the same one which shut down racing in Australia for three months in 2007, affecting more than 10,000 horses.

British horse racing is worth £3.45bn, according to a 2013 report by Deloitte.

In 2001, an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease prompted a suspension of racing for two months in Britain.

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10:28 · February 10, 2019 · 3 min read. No new cases of equine influenza have been found by the Animal Health Trust as testing continues over the As the demand to get racing back in action increases, David Sykes, Director of Equine Health and Welfare at the British Horseracing Authority

" Equine flu and foot-and-mouth disease are two entirely different things. There is a basic parallel Seeing what the test results bring, how the wind blows . Ruth Jefferson is another of those 'human Equine flu : What now for racing , Cheltenham & jockeys? Amid talk of "meltdown" and "lockdown"

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Equine flu which halted UK horse racing hit 10,000 in Oz outbreak.
The strain of equine flu which has halted UK horse racing is the same one which shut down racing in Australia for six months in 2007, affecting 10,000 animals. It is a north American strain known as Florida Clade 1, Sky sources have established. The British Horseracing Authority's (BHA) chief regulatory officer, Brant Dunshea, told Sky News: "We have seen in non-thoroughbred horses that have presented with the illness prior to this event that it has involved that particular strain. © Getty Racing will not resume until at least Wednesday "'We are working at the moment with the Animal Health Trust to confirm that.

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