Horse owners advised to keep animals stabled

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Equine insurance customers could be advised to keep their horses stabled in the coming weeks in order to prevent the spreading of an outbreak of seasonal illness.

Reported cases of Atypical Myopathy, a condition spread through bacteria in soil and pastures, have more than doubled in the last month, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The illness, which is fatal in more than 85 per cent of cases, is not usually a threat at this time of year but the unseasonably mild weather has enabled bacteria in the soil to reach unusually high levels.

Alastair Welch, a partner at the O'Gorman Slater veterinary practice in Newbury told the news provider it was vital to get the message across to others, as there seems to be an outbreak in the region, which could spread if not carefully treated.

"It would be sensible, if at all possible, for owners to remove animals from pasture and keep them stabled and fed hay," he added.

Liege University's Equine Atypical Myopathy Alert Group reported last month that there was an unusually high number of cases of the condition throughout northern Europe.

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