Guide to Preventing Equine Contagious Diseases: Plan, Prevent, Protect
If you are looking for more information on how to protect your part of the horse world, some folks over in the UK have put together a really nice booklet that aids in planning and protecting your equine operation. You can purchase the book or you can use the interactive, online version. (Please note the book displayed and functioned fine for me in Chrome and Internet Explorer as well as Safari on an iPad but would not display in Firefox.)
It has sections on common diseases, check lists for evaluating your operation, guidance on dealing with outbreaks, along with several other aspects. It is 20 pages in length. My quick review leads me to think this is a handy tool that could be useful to a lot of folks.
Saudi Arabia and African Horse Sickness
For those of you that might be in the equine importation business (or need more things to worry about when it comes to equine), in 2009 (yes, 2009) Saudi Arabia petitioned for recognition as being free of African Horse Sickness (AHS – one of the things we learn to recognize and hopefully mitigate while training on Plum Island to become Foreign Animal Disease Diagnosticians).
The reason I bring this matter up now is because USDA has now proposed to remove Saudi Arabia from the list of countries affected by AHS. This proposal was published for public comment in the June 12, 2014, issue of the Federal Register.
For those of you with insomnia, I’ve attached the official report USDA APHIS VS Evaluation of AHS – Saudi Arabia.
And here is the published notice: USDA AHS-Saudi Arabia Federal Register
West Nile Virus (WNV)
Lastly – a plug about about WNV. A couple of mosquito pools have already tested positive for West Nile around the state (Maricopa and Yuma counties). So please be vigilant in keeping mosquito numbers down and your horse immunity up (aka vaccinate!)
Enjoy the ride!