African Horse Sickness


Understanding the OIE's Role in Disease Prevention

February 02, 2013

The World Organization for Animal Health’s (OIE) standards help prevent the spread of infectious disease.... Read More


South African Authorities Encourage Vaccinating against AHS

January 24, 2013

Authorities are encouraging horse owners to vaccinate annually to curb the impact of African horse sickness.... Read More


British African Horse Sickness Control Strategy Published

December 28, 2012

The document discusses control strategies should the disease ever be found in Great Britain.... Read More


British African Horse Sickness Regulations Take Effect Nov. 21

November 11, 2012

The African Horse Sickness (England) Regulations 2012 were signed on Oct. 15 and will take effect Nov. 21.... Read More


New African Horse Sickness Recognition Regulations Adopted

June 19, 2012

Countries can now request a recognition status for African horse sickness from the OIE.... Read More


African Horse Sickness Hits Swaziland

March 08, 2012

Three horses from Swaziland are dead after contracting African horse sickness, according to an OIE report.... Read More


Equine Infectious Disease Control in Developing Countries

December 17, 2011

Disease control in developing countries must be cost-effective, practical, and acceptable to livestock owners.... Read More


International Equine Disease Report, First Quarter 2011

July 07, 2011

The International Collating Center, Newmarket, United Kingdom, and other sources reported the following ... Read More


African Horse Sickness: Western Cape Death Toll Rises to 24

March 28, 2011

The number of equine deaths caused by African horse sickness (AHS) in South Africa's Western Cape has risen to 24, according to a report from the South African-based news website Eye Witness News. Authorities announced March 28 that in the previous ... Read More


African Horse Sickness Outbreak: Western Cape Confirms 12 Cases

March 07, 2011

Twelve cases of African horse sickness (AHS) have been confirmed in the Western Cape region of South Africa, according to a report from the South African-based news website Eye Witness News. The cases in the Western Cape follow an outbreak of more ... Read More


African Horse Sickness Outbreak in South Africa Deadly

March 04, 2011

More than 90 cases of African horse sickness (AHS) have been confirmed in South Africa this year and more than 50 horses have succumbed to the disease, according to a report from the South Africa-based news website Cape Times. The outbreak has ... Read More


The War On Microbes (Emerging Equine Diseases)

November 01, 2010

In the face of potentially disastrous global warming events, pathogenic microscopic organisms appear to be on a mission to impact the surviving species. Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites are rapidly adapting to... Read More


African Horse Sickness Vaccine a Work in Progress

July 15, 2009

North America is free of the African horse sickness virus, yet this disease poses an important threat should an infected horse or a biting midge that harbors the virus be introduced.

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African Horse Sickness: A Threat to the United States?

April 17, 2009

African horse sickness virus (AHSV) and bluetongue virus (BTV) are both members of the genus Orbivirus of the family Reoviridae. Both cause serious, noncontagious but infectious, arthropod-borne diseases in equids and ruminants,... Read More


UK Prepares for Possible African Horse Sickness Shift

March 31, 2009

Attendees at the UK's National Equine Forum yesterday heard about the progress made thus far by a working group focused on African horse sickness (AHS).

Rt Hon Jane Kennedy, MP, the Minister for the Horse wrote the speech presented by Arik... Read More


New for Veterinarians and Equine Professionals

February 01, 2009

A year-round guide to what's available for assisting veterinary professionals.... Read More


2,185 Equids Dead in Ethiopia Horse Sickness Outbreak

September 30, 2008

Nearly 2,200 equids have died in an outbreak of African horse sickness in the country of Ethiopia, according to a report released by the Office International des Epizooties... Read More


Emerging Equine Disease: Four Diseases/Syndromes to Watch

July 29, 2008

In 1968 the U.S. Surgeon General proclaimed that the war on infectious diseases had been won. Unfortunately, this statement was not true. Ongoing outbreaks of disease in humans and animals worldwide have established repeatedly that the war on... Read More


British Groups Release Information on Horse Sickness Risk

March 27, 2008

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... Read More


South African Horse Sickness Cases Approach 300

March 25, 2008

African horse sickness (AHS) has struck close to 300 horses in South Africa so far this year, killing approximately half of them and prompting an embargo on horse transports in Western Cape. The area on equine lockdown includes the country's... Read More


Horse Sickness Campaign Producing Results

February 11, 2008

A new awareness and blanket vaccination campaign to combat African horse sickness (AHS) in the southern provinces of South Africa is showing positive effects in critical and high risk zones, according to the president of the recently formed... Read More


African Horse Sickness in Eastern Cape

February 09, 2008

The Eastern Cape of Africa is experiencing an outbreak of African horse sickness. According to a report on, 15 cases of... Read More


Senegal Reporting 40 Outbreaks of African Horse Sickness

December 12, 2007

More than 450 horses have died as a result of 40 outbreaks of African horse sickness in Senegal, according to a Dec. 9 report from the Office... Read More


Researchers: African Horse Sickness Could Shift North

October 05, 2007

 As the global climate changes gradually, an equine disease that was once limited to sub-Saharan Africa could reach as far north as England in the near future, according to several European animal health networks.

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African Horse Sickness Not Confirmed

April 29, 2007

This is a followup to an article posted on April 19 concerning deaths of horses in South Africa. You may read that news item here.

The... Read More