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146 horses dead in Korat of African Horse Sickness



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African Horse Sickness, a viral disease which affects only animals, has now killed 146 horses in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, or Korat. The chief of the provincial livestock development office says 13 other horses also had severe symptoms. The deaths have so far been limited to the province’s Pak Chong district.

Previously, tests confirmed that more than 100 horses in Pak Chong had died of the African horse sickness, or African plague.

Nakhon Ratchasima’s governor issued an order on March 26 prohibiting the movement of horses out of the area to prevent the spread of the disease. Five road checkpoints were set up to block the movement of the animals following the deaths.

146 horses dead in Korat of African Horse Sickness | News by Thaiger

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The province has 1,455 horses at 110 farms. Of those, 1,002 were in Pak Chong, 368 in Muang district and the remainder in other districts.

Pak Chong has 46 horse farms. All have been asked to spray disinfectant and insecticide. Mosquito nets were also erected at the stables. All farms have given full cooperation to provincial authorities.

African horse sickness is a deadly viral disease that mainly attacks horses and donkeys, gnats being the carriers. The virus attacks the lungs and respiratory system quickly and can kill a horse within hours.

146 horses dead in Korat of African Horse Sickness | News by Thaiger

PHOTO: Bangkok Post

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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