British charity fights African horse sickness – The Horse
Ethiopia has the largest equine population in Africa with around 1.91 million horses, 6.75 million donkeys and 0.35 million mules. He also has a deadly disease that threatens the entire population: African horse sickness (or African horse sickness).
At the 7th International Working Equine Symposium, taking place July 1-3 in Surrey, England, veterinarians will explain how UK horse welfare charities are working to tackle African horse sickness.
Ethiopian equines work every day to help many of Ethiopia’s 92 million people survive by carrying water, food, people and products. This helps families generate income and allows them to perform household chores.
Horses in Ethiopia suffer from a multitude of infectious diseases and poor management practices. This means that horses’ performance drops dramatically when they often fall ill, and owners who depend on them for their livelihoods find it difficult to fetch water or generate income to feed their families. In addition to malnutrition, horses also suffer from injuries, eye disorders, parasites, colic, lameness and other musculoskeletal problems. Diseases affecting the equine population include epizootic lymphangitis, strangles, tetanus, and ulcerative lymphangitis. Worst of all, however, is AHS.
Multiple annual outbreaks of this disease are regularly reported and recent studies reveal the existence of new circulating strains of African horse sickness virus. In an outbreak report released by the World Organization for Animal Health in 2008, a total of 15 outbreaks in southwest Ethiopia resulted in the deaths of 2,185 equines.
That same year, the country vaccinated 306,454 horses to limit the pro