February 21, 2019

Cheltenham Festival likely to go ahead despite equine flu outbreak

08 February 2019, 02:43 | Silvia Roy

All races have been cancelled on Thursday Image Getty

All races have been cancelled on Thursday  Image Getty

The swiftness with which the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) reacted to three cases of equine flu being confirmed in horses trained by Donald McCain on Wednesday night will surely aid their cause greatly.

No further positive tests have been recorded, but another three days are needed before it will be possible to make a decision on whether it is safe to resume racing as the disease can take that long to show its symptoms.

The BHA is expected to make a further annoucnement on Monday announcing whether racing can continue after Wednesday, or whether the suspension will continue.

It's 5/1 that racing will not return until March 1st or after, and 6/1 that it will begin again between February 18 and February 28.

They will also reveal whether the outbreak will have any impact on next month's showpiece Cheltenham Festival.

With Cheltenham less than five weeks away, there are understandable worries about whether the four-day Festival will be affected and while not almost on the same scale, there are uncomfortable echoes of the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak.

Measles case confirmed in Denton County
However, there are 11 people who display symptoms of measles and are awaiting the results of blood work to confirm the diagnosis. The mainstream of those infected are children, who have not been vaccinated against the disease, executives said.

All racing in the United Kingdom has been suspended until next Wednesday at the earliest.

Horses from the infected yard raced at Ayr and Ludlow on Wednesday, potentially exposing a significant number of horses from stables across the country and in Ireland.

This includes several from stables in Ireland, including five from the yard of Gordon Elliott, one of Ireland's most successful trainers.

Where Did Equine Flu Outbreak Come From?

The disease is rarely fatal but can lead to complications like pneumonia and Cheltenham officials are confident that their showpiece event will remain unharmed.

As well as being air born the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) says the virus can be transmitted indirectly, including via people, although stressed there are no known consequences for humans associated with exposure to the disease.

Aaron Judge Would Switch Positions If New York Yankees Sign Bryce Harper
Even still, both infielders contended they would have had little concern about that if Machado had come to the Bronx. One of those players is Aaron Judge of the Yankees. "If he comes over, he makes the team better", Gregorius said.

"Just think what might happen how rapidly that could go through the horse population".

It called for vigilance when looking for signs of flu, minimal movement of animals, and regular temperature checks, as well as updating any vaccination that is more than six months old.

Equine influenza, sometimes referred to as equine flu or horse flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection. It is a virus that tends to spread in the air and between horses that are sharing air space.

Vaccinations against equine influezna are required for all British and Irish racehorses, and trainers are penalised heavily for not keeping vaccinations up to date.

If the shutting down of racecourses amid an outbreak of horse flu seems like an extreme reaction, Jim Tipp thinks otherwise.

Meghan Markle's friends concerns for her
It was raining and muddy outside, so the dogs got all dirty, and she's wiping them off with towels. Meghan's friends also voiced concerns about how the additional stress is affecting her.

Other News

Trending Now

Bradley Cooper says he was 'embarrassed' by Oscars Best Director snub
He recalled that he was in a coffee shop when a friend congratulated him for the nominations but left out the bad news. But the truth is, even if I got the nomination, that should not give me any sense of whether I did my job or not.

Pelosi Stops Short of Endorsing Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’
Go to the what? The main goal of the Green New Deal is to remodel the USA economy and achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Ed Markey of MA are teaming up on the plan, which aims to eliminate the US carbon footprint by 2030.

Briton held hostage by Daesh since 2012 ‘alive’
He had left an Internet café with American journalist James Foley when armed men captured them on the road to Turkey. But a French ISIS fighter told a French magazine that he had seen Cantlie in Raqqa "seven or eight months ago".

Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Phil Mickelson one shot off first-round lead
Romo told that he has been using the wedges from Jordan for about a year. Tony Romo is teeing it up again this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am .

Minister inaugurates beauty pageant for ‘curvy women’ to lure tourists
She demands that contest be cancelled and that Mr Kiwanda offers a public apology for coming up with such an initiative. However, Ugandan women have hit out against the proposal, calling for Kiwanda's resignation.

Twitters Respond Perfectly to Maroon 5’s Super Bowl Halftime Show
Scott only got a few minutes onstage solo, and for most of it, people on social media were very distracted by this fashion choice. He seemed to crouch to be near his fans, but does not seem to have taken a knee in protest.

These are the 230 new emojis for 2019
This year's update will allow users to choose the race and gender of both people when choosing an emoji that features a couple. One person, commenting on Plan International's tweet about the news, described the new emoji as "stunning and brave".

Celtics Refusing to Dangle Jayson Tatum in Anthony Davis Trade Talks
The Lakers have been embroiled in the possible Anthony Davis trade drama - as have the C's to a lesser extent. Guy gives his heart and soul and they traded him. "This is just my opinion, not Anthony's", Davis Sr. noted .

Cat revived after being found nearly frozen in snowbank
Clark said they didn't do anything wrong, and that he suspects something happened that caused Fluffy to curl up outside like that. A picture of Fluffy next to a heater after she was brought to the Animal Clinic of Kalispell , Montana , by her owners.

Trump squabbles with Democrats before speech on unity
Melania Trump has made combating bullying one of her main priorities in the White House - the thrust of her "Be Best" initiative. Foreign policy has been another area where Republicans have increasingly been willing to distance themselves from the president.