African Horse Sickness Infects Additional Horses In Thailand

Thailand has experienced two additional outbreaks of African horse sickness, with 57 horses officially declared dead from the disease. Members of the media, however, are putting the equine death toll at 131.

The original outbreak was in the Nong Sarai area of the Pak Chong district; on March 27, 62 cases were reported, along with 42 deaths, and 341 additional horses could have been exposed to the infection.

On April 3, Thai officials reported two additional outbreaks in Hua Hin and Thai Bun Mi. The outbreak in Hua Hun involved 10 horses, all that died; 15 other horses are considered susceptible. The Thai Bun Mi outbreak involved six horses and killed five; 33 other horses are susceptible.

To prevent the spread of the disease, surveillance and containment zones have been established, as well as quarantine areas. Disinfection, the termination of equine movement and other biosecurity measures have been put in place to contain the biting midges that spread the infection.

Officials are trying to determine how the virus arrived in Thailand; African horse sickness kills nearly 90 percent of the horses it infects.

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