Infectious Diseases

two horses together. horse behaviours, horse friends. African Horse Sickness outbreak may be a threat to Australian horses

An African Horse Sickness outbreak has ferociously killed hundreds of Thai horses in less than three weeks. How at risk is Australia? In some languages, it’s called “The Equine Plague.” And given its rapid transmission, fierce symptoms, and haunting mortality rates, the “plague” might be a more apt description forRead More →

African horse sickness (AHS) is a highly infectious and deadly disease. It affects horses, mules, and donkeys. Zebras carry the disease but are rarely affected.

African horse sickness (AHS) is a highly infectious and deadly disease caused by African horse sickness virus. It commonly affects horses, mules, and donkeys. It is caused by a virus of the genus Orbivirus belonging to the family Reoviridae. This disease can be caused by any of the nine serotypesRead More →

Horse in stable, behind bars with quarantine tape in foreground. Biosecurity. Equine Herpes Virus

Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) causes horse owners and breeders a large amount of concern due to its potentially devastating effects.  The virus is ever-present in the horse population worldwide and cases of Herpes virus infection are seen sporadically across Australia. It can cause mild to life-threatening disease affecting the respiratoryRead More →

Horse with Strangles.

Strangles is a contagious disease of horses caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi. Typical signs include fever, loss of appetite, soft cough, purulent nasal discharge and swollen lymph nodes of the face, which may often abscessate and burst. The swollen glands can restrict the airways – hence the name “Strangles”.Read More →