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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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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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Professor Abdul Rahman announced as keynote speaker for BVA Members’ Day 2019

Celebrated Indian vet and parasitologist Professor Abdul Rahman is set to deliver the keynote speech at BVA Members’ Day 2019.

Professor Rahman will present his insights into the human behaviour challenges of controlling zoonotic disease in his talk: ‘A One Health approach to rabies elimination in Asia’. The talk will outline efforts to gain political support for dog vaccination programmes in China, as well as the need for a collaborative approach between vets, public health, livestock and animal welfare agencies.

The event takes place on Thursday, 19 September at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. Tickets are free but must be reserved through the BVA website as places are limited.