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post #1 of 7 Old 05-21-2008, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Please read this article, I have just spoken to my vet and had it confirmed...WHY THE HELL HAS NO ONE WARNED US OFFICIALLY!!!!

Arrival of African Horse Sickness 'could lead to cull'

Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor

19 April, 2008

The British equine industry has been warned that if African Horse Sickness (AHS) hits the UK, as many as 90% of the horse population could be infected and would be compulsorily slaughtered.

Horse Trust chief executive Brigadier Paul Jepson issued the stark warning at the annual National Equine Forum on 27 March.

But no compensation would be given to owners, from insurance companies or the government, added Brig Jepson, who leads the UK's AHS working party, made up of Defra, industry figures and disease experts.

As a tide of concern grows about the possibility of the disease reaching Britain, The Horse Trust and the British Horse Society (BHS) released a leaflet at the Forum outlining the risks and symptoms of AHS and what to do if it is found.

"Under EU law compensation has to be paid to owners if compulsory slaughter takes place," explained vet Brigadier Jepson, "but in the past the government has introduced a flat rate of £1 to get around this."

He added that minister for the horse Jonathon Shaw has confirmed horse owners would only be given £1 compensation by Defra ó no matter how valuable the animal concerned.

AHS is spread by the same midge that carries Bluetongue (the culicoides) which affected British cattle and sheep for the first time last September.

The affected animals were destroyed by Defra vets but Bluetongue is now officially circulating in the UK and movement restrictions are still in place.

Now the AHS working group is in talks with insurance house Lloyds to see if an insurance scheme can be created after concerns that owners may hide an AHS death in an attempt to claim on their insurance policy.

Dr Richard Newton of the Animal Health Trust said: "If AHS should arrive in the UK it would be a pretty doomsday-type scenario. That's why the horse industry, Defra and ourselves are taking it very seriously.

"Thankfully it is pretty much confined to sub-Saharan Africa but we have an entirely susceptible horse population and if the midges here became infected it could spread very quickly and the figures are that it could affect up to 90 per cent of horses."

Be aware of this, even though most you are not english it makes no difference, it can happen anywhere through climate change according to the correct governing body who has issued this warning.

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-21-2008, 09:18 AM
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wow....that's scary.

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post #3 of 7 Old 05-21-2008, 09:21 AM
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oh my gosh!

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post #4 of 7 Old 05-21-2008, 10:43 AM
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Oh my...that's not good.

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post #5 of 7 Old 05-23-2008, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Things are just going ape now, I have kicked up a storm about it and i have had an email from the guy who was interviewde by Horse and Hound;

Dear Sharon,

Thank you for your e mail. I wonder if you saw the letter in Horse and Hound the week after their report on my talk at the National Equine Forum. The Horse and Hound article did give the impression that there would be widespread slaughter of horses in contact with an infected horse. This is incorrect and only confirmed cases are currently required to be slaughtered although the disease is so horrible and the mortality rate so high that destruction on humane grounds would be justified in any case. It would be wrong to underestimate the seriousness of the disease threat. The ongoing experience with Bluetongue disease in cattle and sheep (not nearly as serious in terms of disease severity and death rate) proves that we could get African horse sickness and we are striving to make sure that the UK and the rest of Europe is as prepared as possible to cope because it is no exaggeration to say that it would devastate the horse industry with an extensive ban on movement of horses to help limit spread. There are serious issues with insurance once an outbreak of the disease has been confirmed. We are working very hard with government and the EU to combat this disease. Vaccination is a key factor but the vaccines currently used in Africa are not good. Even if you could get hold of the vaccine (which is not allowed in Europe) would you be prepared to take the risk of the vaccine itself inducing the disease which is what can happen in a significant number of cases although use of these vaccines would probably be authorised if we had an epidemic with a predicted 90% of infected horses dying. The solution lies in new high tech vaccines that promise to be safe and effective and we are pressing hard for their speedy development. Please see below a copy of a recent message from South Africa which indicates how serious the problem is there despite use of the existing vaccines. Whilst there is no need to panic it is important that every horse owner accepts that the disease could hit the UK and owners must be prepared to report suspicious illness and deaths so that control measures can be applied as quickly as possible to try and avert a national disaster. The exotic disease threat will be the subject of an all day seminar at Newmarket on 23rd June which includes speakers from South Africa . I suggest you attend. There is a link with details of the seminar on our website www.horsetrust.org.uk.

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20th May 2008. Thank you for your message. We are extremely concerned about African Horse Sickness which could have a devastating effect on horses throughout Europe . None of the millions of animals will have any immunity at all and mortality could be close to 100% once the animal is infected. There is a growing pressure to support the development of the new high tech, genetically engineered vaccines which promise to be both effective and safe. The commercial companies are unlikely to invest in this development and production unless there is a tangible pledge from governments to purchase the product. The actual development is at varying stages but none of the companies involved would be able to produce doses on the scale needed to control an outbreak and my best guess is that this would take at least 6 months and probably longer. Europe would be forced into using the existing vaccines that, as you say, are not very good at all. Given the situation you describe in SA, I am surprised that more support in not forthcoming from the African nations who already suffer the horrible consequences of the disease. I will pass your comments on to my colleagues in SA and let you know what the response is. PJ

19th May 2008. To Whom it may concern,
Are you aware that African Horse Sickness is out of control in SA and that the current vaccine is fast becoming useless. This year has been the worst ever, with hundreds of fully vaccinated horses dying. The truth needs to be exposed because the worse it gets here, the more chance there is of it reaching other countries like yours.
I just can not understand why nothing has been done by outher countries to produce a better vaccine. It is the only protection possible.
If so much research is being done, why are you not investigating the situation is SA?
From Kathy Wiles
South Africa


Paul Jepson BVSc MSc MRCVS

Chief Executive

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post #6 of 7 Old 05-26-2008, 05:16 PM
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Uh.......wow.......I..am....speechless.....yikes ........

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His majestic snorting strikes terror.He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength; Job 39:19...
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-05-2008, 04:43 AM
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It better not come to the bloody uk i love my pony too much Nd all horses r too good , if you ask me the ppl in charge of horses need to get there act together n get a vaccine

sorry about that , rant over

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