No new cases of African horse sickness in Malaysia in second report to health body

POSTED ON  |  15-09-2020

No new cases of African horse sickness have been identified in Malaysia since the nation’s confirmation of its first outbreak of the deadly disease, according to its first follow-up report to the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE). Five animals on one property were confirmed with the disease in the country’s initial report of the outbreak to the OIE, dated September 2.

Its September 9 follow-up communication confirms that all five horses affected by the disease, which is carried by biting midges, have been euthanized. Efforts to determine the source of the infection are on-going.

Surveillance inside and outside the containment zone set up to stop the spread of the disease has been stepped up, according to Malaysian authorities. Other measures employed so far include movement control within the country, screening, tracing measures, quarantines, and efforts to target the midges responsible for the spread of the disease.

Vaccination against the virus is not permitted in Malaysia. The Malaysian cases follow the first-ever outbreak of the disease in nearby Thailand, first reported in February, which reports have linked to the importation of zebras from Africa.

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