British Groups Release Information on Horse Sickness Risk

The risks and dangers of African horse sickness (AHS) are spelt out in a new leaflet from The Horse Trust and The British Horse Society.

Horse Trust Chief Executive Paul Jepson announced the availability of the new materials today at the National Equine Forum. The leaflet contains suggestions to help horse owners and veterinarians know what to look out for and how to respond should AHS reach the U.K.

"So far this devastating disease has been largely confined to Africa and southern Europe, but climate change could make it possible for it to spread and thrive in Northern Europe, including Britain," Jepson said. (For more on this see Researchers: African Horse Sickness Could Shift North.)

The Horse Trust is working with government and industry experts to coordinate the U.K.'s defense against AHS. The group hopes to create a suitable level of awareness and preparedness without inducing panic.

The "Guide to African Horse Sickness" leaflet is available free from The Horse Trust, Slad Lane, Speen, Princes Risborough, HP27 0PP, or from the Welfare Department, The British Horse Society, Stoneleigh Deer Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2XZ.

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