EQUINE INFLUENZA UPDATE – Tuesday, 12th February 2019


Further to the update issued on Friday, 8th February 2019, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) is today issuing clarification of the measures outlined last week as a result of the equine influenza outbreak.

Commenting on the enhanced procedures, IHRB Chief Executive, Denis Egan said that “the scientific advice is that in addition to boosting the immunity of the horse herd, these steps will provide greater protection to individual horses”. He also said that “the IHRB met with various stakeholders yesterday and the enhanced measures currently in place will be reviewed in two weeks”.

For further information, please contact: Denis Egan, Chief Executive Phone: +353 45445600                                                                                  

Date: 12th February 2019

Editor’s Note:

  1. Testing for equine influenza is provided free of charge by the Irish Equine Centre (IEC) – it is recommended that any trainer with any concerns should avail of this in order to establish their horses’ disease status. As with any contagious infectious disease outbreak, rapid diagnosis and effective management is key to recovery and minimising spread of disease.
  2. Trainers and handlers who have concerns or questions in relation to equine influenza should contact:

The IEC on +353 (0)45 866266 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or Dr. Lynn Hillyer, Chief Veterinary Officer IHRB on +353 87 1925 366