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Possible spread of African horse sickness on the wind.
A similar finding has been observed in African horse sickness virus Seg-10, which also forms into 3 distinct groups (13).
African horse sickness occurs in 4 forms: horse sickness fever (mild), cardiac (>50% mortality rate), mixed (75% mortality rate), and pulmonary (95% mortality rate).
South African horses going to Dubai used to have to spend 30 days in Europe after quarantine at Kenilworth racecourse, but outbreaks of the deadly African Horse Sickness have changed all that.
The specificity of the RT-qPCR used had been previously tested against prototype strains of genetically related viruses (9 strains of epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus and 9 strains of African horse sickness virus) (5).
Owers, who pointed out that the map of this year's outbreaks followed the route of horses being transported for slaughter, added: "If this disease can find its way into Britain, other, more dangerous diseases, such as African horse sickness, can follow.
The first paragraph of the article incorrectly states that African horse sickness virus is circulating in Europe.
His recent research includes study into diseases such as bluetongue and African horse sickness, as well as work on infections in African wildlife that can spread to domestic animals and humans.
We conclude that climate change is probably the most important requirement for the emergence of arthropodborne diseases such as dengue fever, yellow fever, Rift Valley fever, Japanese encephalitis, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, bluetongue, and African horse sickness in the United Kingdom.
These diseases include avian influenza, Newcastle disease, Rift Valley fever, foot and mouth disease, swine vesicular disease, vesicular stomatitis, classical swine fever, African horse sickness, African swine fever, bluetongue, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, lumpy skin disease, peste des petits ruminants, rinderpest, and sheep and goat pox.
Scheduled to take place on Monday, June 23, at Tattersalls' Park Paddocks in Newmarket, the meeting brings together an international line-up of speakers who will warn of the dangers of two exotic diseases in particular, African horse sickness and west Nile virus.
Bluetongue is closely related to the virus African Horse Sickness, which is spread by the same species of midge.
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