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Equine Influenza

Friday, 8 February 2019

Statement from Alistair Breed, Chief Veterinary Officer at the Isle of Man Government:

It is disappointing news to hear that more cases of Equine Influenza have now been confirmed in Great Britain. However I am pleased that many actions are being taken in the UK to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

At the current time owners are advised not to import horses to the Isle of Man unless necessary and I would ask for the cooperation of horse owners with this. If horses are to be imported, increased biosecurity will be required to help protect the Isle of Man horse population, until further notice.

Import licenses now contain an additional requirement that is to isolate horses for two weeks following importation. This covers the incubation period and will enable detection of the disease should it occur and further isolation to contain the disease.

I will continue to closely monitor the situation and advise DEFA on appropriate actions to take if and when necessary.

More information and advice on Equine Influenza has also been added to the Government website.

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