Equine Influenza Reported in China

More than 5,500 horses in the Xinjiang autonomous region of China have equine influenza, according to a Nov. 5 release from the Office International des Epizooties (OIE).

The outbreak began Oct. 9 and was confirmed Oct. 30. This is the first time equine influenza has occurred in China since 1994. The susceptible population is estimated to include 130,000 horses. No deaths were reported.

The affected area is in the northwest corner of the country, near the border of Kazakhstan. According to the OIE report, infected animals have been found in the counties of Altay, Burqin, Fuhai, Fuyun, Habahe, Jemnay, and Qinghe.

The OIE report was submitted by Jia Youling, director general of the Veterinary Bureau of the People's Republic of China.

Outbreaks of equine influenza have already made a significant impact on the horse industries of Japan and Australia this year.

For more information on the current state of equine influenza, see "What in the World Is Going On with Equine Influenza?," by Tom Chambers, PhD, heads of the OIE Reference Laboratory for Equine Influenza at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington.

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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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