Sunday, 10 May 2009

Horse Flu in India

Although India is still free of swine flu, other animal diseases, Equine influenza, or horse flu, has killed 43 horses in the western Indian state of Rajasthan and Gujarat, the Hindu daily reports, Danik Bhaskar, Saturday (9 / 5).

Based on the laboratory reports in Hissar, Haryana, in northern India, justified, the death of animal-animal Equine influenza is caused by the flu disease is also called the horse flu.

The first death occurred in January in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, where 15 horses died due to disease last month, said the report.

To prevent the disease is widespread, the government of Gujarat decided prohibit buying and selling horses in the state.

In Rajasthan, killed 25 horses at a horse show in the area of Jodhpur, according to the report. Equine flu is caused Influansa A virus, endemic in the horse.

This virus can switch to other types of animals and spread in humans. Equine influenza is indicated by the high transmission among horses, and have relatively short incubation period, ie one to five days.

The horse fell ill this flu can develop symptoms of fever, dry cough and nasal mucus from the nose out.