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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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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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NOAH members re-elect Jamie Brannan as chair

Jamie Brannan, senior Vice President of Zoetis, has been re-elected as chair of NOAH for 2019/20, during this year’s AGM, held in London.

Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”