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African Horse Sickness

African Horse Sickness (AHS) is highly infectious viral disease which frequently proves fatal. There have never been any cases of African Horse Sickness in the UK and, for many years, it was barely been considered a threat to British horses.

However, with climate change and an increase in the international movement of horses there is a possibility that AHS could reach Britain, although the risk is not presently considered to be high. However, were AHS to arrive on these shores it is imperative that it is spotted quickly in order that it can be dealt with rapidly and prevented from spreading. Your vet can advise on what to look out for.

AHS is a notifiable disease. This means that if you suspect a horse may have it, you must immediately notify the duty vet in your local Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) office.


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