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Milliardkrise: Flu paralyzes the racetracks

English galopsport is on the other end, and the famous Cheltenham Festival next month is in danger of cancellation.

A hesteinfluenzaepidemi ravaging England, and therefore is galopløbene in the country canceled the forecast to Tuesday. It happens after three vaccinated horses are also affected. Thus increased the number of potential infected horses significantly.

- We have cancelled out of consideration for the horses ' health and to get control over the virus. We take unnecessary risks, and therefore we expect soon to open for racing again, writes the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) in a statement.

the Cancellations were opened on Thursday, where there was a scheduled race on the four courses. In all 22 scheduled race days cancelled.

It takes three days before the symptoms break out with the horses.

- There have to be three days without a positive test, before we can resume the races, writes the BHA.

There are a total of 174 trænerstalde in quarantine to prevent the virus from spreading – all of the locations are horses tested for the disease.

- It is not possible to test each and every horse from every stable before the end of the weekend. We work together with the coaches of the first to test the horses, as the coach believes is at risk, writes the BHA.

Saturday is an additional three horses found to be contaminated.

one of the horses Raise A Spark participated Wednesday in a race on the Ayr line. Who had no symptoms of the highly contagious disease.

Hesteinfluenza is not significantly different for the human version. Horses suffering with cough, runny noses, and decreased mood.

There are not taken a position further to the cancellations of the English galopløb before Monday.

There are less than five weeks to the famous Cheltenham Festival, followed by Aintree and the Grand National in early april.

working close to 100,000 people in English galopsport, and the crisis right now is the biggest since the outbreak of foot - and-mouth disease in 2001. Væddeløbssporten is England's second largest publikumssport after football.

It is estimated that the cancellation of the races cost the English bookmakers two million pounds per day. Media reports that the outbreak total costs between 150-200.000.000 pounds. (1,3-1,7 billion dkk)

While influenza raging in the Netherlands, Belgium and some places in Germany, then there is no case here at home.

- In Denmark, there has to my knowledge not been an outbreak. I will definitely encourage trainers and horse owners to have their horses vaccination status up to date, says the veterinary consultant Peter Fog, according to the

First Monday to determine whether there are galopløb Wednesday. Here are Kempton Park unexpectedly empty. Photo. John Sibley/Ritzau Scanpix

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