Senegal Reporting 40 Outbreaks of African Horse Sickness

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 International des Epizooties (OIE). The outbreaks started in May, 2007, and occurred across the country.

Senegal is a country in Western Africa. According to the report, African horse sickness serotype-9 is endemic in the country; however, these outbreaks were caused by serotype-2.

Of the 475 cases reported, 459 horses died. More than 5,200 horses in the Dakar administrative division were vaccinated in response.

The OIE report was submitted by Dr. Malik Faye of the Ministère de l'Elevage, Dakar, Senegal.

African horse sickness is a vector-transmitted viral disease with a mortality rate of 90% in horses. It is spread via the Culicoides species of biting midges.

About the Author

Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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