Equine Influenza: Australian Racehorse Dead

A 6-year-old racehorse named Tip of the Iceberg was euthanatized Sunday after going into respiratory failure as a result of equine influenza, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Equine influenza is typically considered to have a low mortality rate.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Tip of the Iceberg is the third horse to die as a result of the current outbreak in New South Wales. The other two horses were elderly. As of Sept. 9 the number of cases of equine influenza was reported as 4,399.

The Department of Primary Industry said a necropsy will be performed. Results are expected by Friday.

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Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care.

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