Equine Influenza

Equine Influenza in Arizona is a monitored disease.  This means at the Department of Agriculture we take reports of outbreaks to understand the spread of this disease and pockets throughout the state, yet as an agency do not quarantine the facility.  This does not mean that a farm owner or manager cannot impose a self quarantine on the facility so new animals are not infected.

What causes equine influenza? 

Equine influenza A2 virus (EIV) causes flu in horses.  In the literature you may see the  A2 EIV is also called subtype H3N8 (which, to scientists, relates it to the H3 flu viruses in other animals).

How does my horse get the disease?

Horses often get the flu much like humans do from other humans by coming in contact with an infected horse or from nasal secretions from an infected horse.  This often happens during times of stress such as at shows or other events where groups horses commingle.  These horses then may bring it home to and spread it through the facility. Young horses (ages 1 to 5) with limited natural immunity, unvaccinated horses, and those that come into frequent contact with large numbers of horses have the highest infection risk.

What can I do to protect my horse?

 It is recommended that you work with your veterinarian to determine the risk of your horse due to activities and tailor a vaccination program to protect your equine friend.

Download this free fact sheet to learn how to protect your horse from influenza, a highly contagious respiratory disease.

Download link available at the Source url. https://thehorse.com/156815/equine-influenza-protect-your-horse/

 

 

 

 

Wash your hands!

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How often have we heard that instruction from our parents growing up? Little did we know they were giving us the best advice possible to prevent disease spread. And that advice is most important now, during the influenza season.

Influenza activity in Arizona continues to be elevated and widespread. Through January 25, 2014, all 15 counties are reporting cases of Flu and the number of people falling ill is higher than average. 76 people have died from complications of the Flu including one child. In neighboring California, many of those that have been severely ill from the Flu have been young to middle-aged adults who were otherwise healthy.

We would like to remind everyone that it is not too late to get a flu shot. Influenza vaccination is the best prevention against flu, and influenza activity in Arizona usually lasts through the spring months. National data indicate that this year’s vaccine is a good match to the circulating viruses. Flu vaccination locations and other information can be found at http://www.azdhs.gov/flu

Remember to stay home when you are sick and use good respiratory etiquette to prevent the spread of influenza.

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Do it for the herd!

Get a Flu shot today!

If you have any questions, please contact your local health department http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/oids/contacts.htm#l).