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Equine flu cases rise in May
There were 28 confirmed equine influenza outbreaks during May, compared to just 12 in April.
All outbreaks confirmed to be Florida Clade 1

Equine influenza continues to be reported in the UK and Europe, according to the latest update from the Animal Health Trust (AHT).

The British Equine Veterinary Association is reminding its members to keep checking the AHT’s Equiflunet website for updates.

According to the latest update, there were 28 confirmed equine influenza outbreaks during May, in Sussex, Hertfordshire and Cheshire, compared to just 12 in April.

So far, all those that have been isolated and characterised by AHT have been the Florida Clade 1 strain. The majority of cases were seen in unvaccinated non-thoroughbreds.

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Defra extends applications to Zoo Animals Fund

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 Defra has extended the deadline for applications for the 100 Million Zoo Animals Fund until 26 February 2021.

Launched in June 2020, the fund provides financial support for zoos and aquariums that have experienced a drop in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to 730,000 are available, which can be used to pay for essential costs and maintenance, including veterinary care, medicines, animal feed and staffing.

More information about the fund and details of how to apply can be found here

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APHA confirms eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in England

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) has identified an eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 in poultry in England.

Confirmed on Tuesday (15 December), the outbreak was found in captive birds and poultry at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been placed around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Further information about the outbreaks and the latest government advice can be found at gov.uk