African Horse Sickness Outbreak in Thailand
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The ITBF have received a report from the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) that African Horse Sickness (AHS) has been confirmed in Thailand over last weekend with 42 horse deaths so far, from 67 confirmed cases. The source of the disease is being investigated in Thailand.

 

The below link provides you with the information that we have received:

https://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wahid.php/Reviewreport/Review?page_refer=MapFullEventReport&reportid=33768

 

AHS is a highly infectious and almost invariably fatal equine disease transmitted by insect vector (biting midges) between ALL Equidae, e.g. horses, donkeys, mules, zebras. The ongoing AHS outbreak in Thailand is believed to be the first such in South East Asia. It is at this time unclear how the disease has been transferred from one continent to another. There are indications that [possibly illegal] traffic of zebras or donkeys/mules (or possibly of donkey skins) might be the cause of this disease transfer.

 

We urge all ITBF member countries to disseminate this information about AHS and its spread, to your own membership and also to representatives of other equine breeds in your country

 

Now is the time for all of our member countries to become educated in the AHS virus and below is a link to the OIE’s official information on the disease -

https://www.oie.int/fileadmin/Home/eng/Animal_Health_in_the_World/docs/pdf/Disease_cards/AFRICAN_HORSE_SICKNESS.pdf

 

With the Coronavirus pandemic ongoing, we are all more aware than ever of the need to be alert to disease threats on a global scale.

 

The ITBF will keep you updated on any developments the OIE has to report.

Please visit our website  https://www.international-tbf.com/category/veterinary/

Facebook  - International Thoroughbred Breeders Federation

Twitter - ITBF