Thailand scrambles to contain major outbreak of horse-killing virus

A horse in Thailand is isolated behind netting that keeps out midges that spread African horse sickness. WIPAWAN PAWITAYALARP

By Christa Lesté-Lasserre, Science Magazine, Apr. 16, 2020 Thailand, already battling the spread of coronavirus, is now contending with another deadly viral outbreak—in horses. With hundreds of horse deaths reported there in the last 3 weeks, horse owners are rushing to seal their animals indoors with netting, away from biting midges that spread the virus for… Continue reading Thailand scrambles to contain major outbreak of horse-killing virus

African horse sickness quadruples in Thailand

The Horse reports: The death toll in the African Horse Sickness (AHS) outbreak in Thailand has nearly quadrupled in a little more than a week, reaching 154 deaths and a fatality rate of 94% in horses showing clinical signs, according to reports by the Thai government and the Thailand Equestrian Federation (TEF). African horse sickness is a… Continue reading African horse sickness quadruples in Thailand

Thailand Hit by African Horse Sickness

Dozens to as many as 100 reported dead Definitively identified by Thai veterinarians on March 27, this represents the first outbreak of AHS outside the African continent in more than 30 years. Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA, THE HORSE magazine online reports: An outbreak of African Horse Sickness (AHS) in Thailand has caused at least 42… Continue reading Thailand Hit by African Horse Sickness

Illegal horse imports into Britain lift risk of deadly disease (UK)

Cross-posted from New Zealand Horse Talk Horses illegally imported into Britain are increasing the risk of African Horse Sickness being introduced, a recent report says. The report, commissioned by a government and industry group - the African Horse Sickness Working Group - believes an outbreak in Britain could halve the nation's equine industry and cost… Continue reading Illegal horse imports into Britain lift risk of deadly disease (UK)