Nine Horses Reported Dead in Mongolia Equine Flu Outbreak

Mongolian authorities are reporting seven outbreaks of equine influenza, according to a Nov. 14 release from the Office International des Epizooties (OIE).

The first outbreak began Oct. 26. In total, more than 11,600 horses are infected, out of a susceptible population of 101,587. Nine deaths were reported. The apparent morbidity rate is 11.45%.

Equine influenza last occurred in Mongolia in 2005.

The OIE report was submitted by Doloonjin Orgil, PhD, director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture Department of Veterinary Services in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

Chinese officials reported an outbreak in the Xinjiang autonomous region in October. The affected region borders Mongolia and Kazakhstan. The susceptible population for that outbreak was estimated to include 130,000 horses. For more on this see  

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

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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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