Five Thai provinces now considered clear of deadly African horse sickness

POSTED ON  |  28-06-2020

Veterinarian in Thailand vaccinating against AHS
The outbreak of African horse sickness has been resolved in five provinces in Thailand, authorities report, as efforts continue to eradicate the deadly disease. Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development, in its 11th and most up-to-date advisory to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), says the outbreak is considered resolved in the provinces of Chaiyaphum, Sa Kaeo and Ratchaburi.

It has previously declared that Chonburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan are clear.

The country is working methodically to contain its first-ever outbreak of the insect-borne virus, which kills most of the horses it infects. Measures to contain the outbreak, which began in February, include the establishment of surveillance and containment zones, quarantine, movement restrictions, disinfection, and other efforts to contain the biting midges responsible for the spread of the infection.

Stables have been enclosed in plastic or fine mesh and are being regularly fumigated in a bid to kill the biting insects and keep them away from horses. Authorities have also administered nearly 6000 vaccines as part of control efforts, according to the report, some of which have been given to zebras.

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