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An outbreak of kennel cough has forced the Coakham bloodhounds to cancel all autumn hunting.

There is also a risk that the opening meet (23 October) will be postponed.

The Southdown and Eridge and the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent hounds have recently recovered from the respiratory disease.

Vets say a wet summer and warm autumn has allowed the bug to flourish.

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (13 October, 2011)