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An outbreak of African Horse Sickness, or African Plague, which recently emerged in Nakhon Ratchasima district of Pak Chong, has killed well over 500 horses and has now spread to nearby Saraburi province. According to officials from Saraburi Livestock Development, at least 28 recent horse deaths in Saraburi are attributed to AHS, a highly infectious and deadly disease.
The department vaccinated horses in 58 of the 76 farms in the province, accounting for 70 percent of the 685 horses registered there. According to the Thai Equestrian Federation, the disease spread via gnats and midges continues to move east, west and south of Pak Chong and now affects provinces, most recently Phetchaburi and now Saraburi.
He says he has now covered his stables with nets to keep out insects carrying AHS, as recommended by local animal development authorities, who visited his farm after alerting them to the recent deaths. The virus-carrying insects can fly for over 100 kilometres.
Source The Thaiger