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Deadly virus kills 42 racehorses in Korat
« on: March 28, 2020, 10:24:42 AM »
The dead animals were found during an inspection of barns in Pak Chong.

Deadly virus kills 42 racehorses in Korat

Veterinarian suspects African horse sickness, movement of all horses banned

The deaths could have taken place before Thursday, as the Thailand Equestrian Federation had circulated a letter dated March 26 advising all members to stop moving horses out of their areas to stem the possible spread of the disease.

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Re: Horse death toll in Korat rises to 146
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2020, 08:14:42 PM »
Horse death toll in Korat rises to 146

Measures stepped up to prevent spread of African viral disease


A horse is taken back to a farm in Pak Chong district in Nakhon Ratchasima. So far, a total of 146 horses at farms in this district have been killed by African horse sickness. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

The number of horses killed by a viral disease called African horse sickness in Pak Chong district of this northeastern province has risen to 146.

Provincial livestock development office chief Pasawee Somjai said on Saturday 13 other horses also had severe symptoms.

There have been no reports of the deaths in other districts, said he added.

Earlier, tests confirmed that 73 horses in Pak Chong had died of the African horse sickness, or African plague, he said.

Nakhon Ratchasima governor Wichian Chantharanothai issued an order on March 26, prohibiting the movement of horses out of the area to prevent the spread of the disease. Five road checkpoints had been set up to block the movement of the animals following the deaths in Pak Chong district.

The province has 1,455 horses at 110 farms. Of the animals, 1,002 were in Pak Chong, 368 in Muang district and the remaining in other districts.

All farms have given full cooperation to provincial authorities by not moving their animals. Pak Chong has 46 horse farms. All have been asked to spray disinfectant and insecticide. Mosquito nets were also erected at the stables.

African horse sickness is a deadly viral disease that originated in Africa. It mainly attacks horses and donkeys, with gnats being the carriers. The virus attacks the lungs and respiratory system quickly and can kill a horse within hours.

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Re: The horses are right now locked down as well
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2020, 11:08:45 AM »
Thailand scrambles to contain major outbreak of horse-killing virus

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 African horse sickness (AHS). Some scientists suspect that zebras, imported from Africa, led to the outbreak.

The disease’s sudden appearance, far from its endemic home in sub-Saharan Africa, has surprised Thai veterinary authorities, who are ramping up testing for the disease and ordering the vaccination of thousands of horses, donkeys, and mules. It is the first major outbreak of the disease outside Africa in 30 years, and AHS experts are worried that it could spread to neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. “A sustained, persistent outbreak of [AHS] that spreads to other countries would be devastating, not only to the racing industry and companion animals, but also to some of the poorest workers in the region relying on working horses, donkeys, and mules,” says Simon Carpenter, an entomologist at the Pirbright Laboratory in the United Kingdom.

Without controls, the virus could even travel via wind-borne midges across seas to herds on island nations, gradually working its way to Australia, which has more than 1 million racing, sport, and feral horses. The nation is “engaging with other countries to develop a regional response to this outbreak,” says Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer Mark Schipp

The outbreak in Thailand may have begun in late February, with the unexplained death of a racehorse in the Pak Chong district near Bangkok. By late March, after rains that might have helped midge populations flourish, more than 40 additional Pak Chong horses were suddenly reported dead, says Nuttavadee Pamaroon, a veterinary officer in Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development (DLD). Thai veterinary authorities ordered AHS testing and immediately froze all horse movement. “It’s not only us who have been locked down because of COVID,”

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Zebras on quarantine list after importing deadly horse disease

The government has ordered mandatory registration and quarantine for all imported zebras, after experts reported they were the source of Thailand’s first-ever outbreak of African horse sickness (AHS).

AHS has killed more than 500 horses across the country since being detected earlier this year in Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchasima. Authorities say the infection rate is now falling after a vaccination programme was implemented.

Warawut Silpa-archa, minister of Natural Resources and Environment, said measures to prevent the spread of AHS had been discussed at a meeting today (May 21) in Chiang Rai.

It was highlighted that zebras were currently not on the list of animals that must be quarantined and tested before being imported to Thailand. But that would now change, said Warawut, after blood tests on imported zebras had tested positive for AHS.

Meanwhile, horse owners in Thailand must request permission before transporting their animals, while all imported horses must have a health certificate.

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Re: Racehorse owners reject jab mandate in Korat
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2020, 11:26:05 AM »
Racehorse owners reject jab mandate

An association of racehorse owners in Nakhon Ratchasima province has taken a clear stance against an order by the Department of Livestock Development that they get their horses vaccinated against African horse sickness (AHS).

AHS is a highly infectious and deadly disease caused by the African horse sickness virus. Since March, over 500 horses in Thailand have died due to the illness.

On Wednesday, Sunthon Suwannachat, the acting president of the association, said members were holding out against the order because the department could not clearly answer owners' questions about whether the vaccine works in preventing AHS and whether it might inadvertently kill their horses.

"We've seen horses in Pak Chong district die after vaccination … many horses have died," he said.

Those who had rushed to get their horses vaccinated are now left with no other choice but to follow whatever the livestock development authorities instruct, he added.

"Because our horses have remained healthy, we believe we can prevent them from catching the disease. So we won't get them vaccinated."

Mr Sunthon said he had discussed the issue with other racehorse owner associations in provinces such as Khon Kaen, Udon Thani and Chiang Mai and all supported his association's stance.

He also urged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to tackle the problem at its root cause -- by bringing those who triggered this outbreak to justice.

The government should figure out where the outbreak surfaced by investigating who was importing infected zebras into the country and how infected animals could get through the animal health screening process.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation said an epidemiological investigation into the cause of the AHS outbreak was underway. There was insufficient evidence to conclude imported zebras were possible carriers of the disease, said the department.

Nonetheless, imports of giraffes and zebras have been prohibited, while AHS containment measures are being implemented in affected areas.

The department's office in Nakhon Ratchasima is surveying the population of horses affected by the outbreak and collecting farm specimens for testing. Any movement of giraffes, horses, donkeys and mules in Nakhon Ratchasima are strictly prohibited.

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