African Horse Sickness Loosens Hold On Thailand

The African Horse Sickness outbreak that affected Thailand has now been resolved in multiple provinces. Efforts to eradicate it elsewhere in the country are ongoing. The provinces Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development reported resolved are: Chaiyaphum, Sa Kaeo, Ratchaburi, Chonburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Carried by biting midges, the virus kills nearly 90 percent of the horses it infects; Thailand’s first experience with the virus began in February. Efforts to control the spread of infection have included establishing surveillance and containment zones, restricting movement, quarantine and disinfection. Barns housing horses have been wrapped in plastic or fine mesh and regularly fumigated to keep the insects away from horses.

Nearly 6,000 African Horse Sickness vaccines have been administered, some of which have been given to zebras. There is suspicion that the disease was brought to Thailand through zebra importation; the import of zebras was terminated on April 8.

It is reported that between 150 and 500 horses have died.

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