African Horse Sickness in Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape of Africa is experiencing an outbreak of African horse sickness. According to a report on, 15 cases of African horse sickness have been reported in the last six weeks, with 11 horses dead.

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.

Despite the fact African horse sickness is a controlled disease and is required to reported, officials suspect that more horses have been ill and died during the current outbreak and have not been reported.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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