Cape on alert after horse sickness outbreak

2014-03-17 09:29

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Cape Town - Horse owners have been urged to be aware of an outbreak of African Horse Sickness, after the illness killed two horses in the Boland according to the Western Cape Agriculture Ministry.

According to the SABC the illness has various strains but most symptoms include a high fever, breathing irregularities, swollen eyes, low energy and a runny nose.

Spokesperson for the Agriculture Ministry Wouter Kriel, said that the current lockdown between Porterville and Saron will remain until further notice.

The ministry is in the process of mapping where the disease is in order to reduce continued spreading. For this reason they have urged owners to monitor their horses for symptoms.

The disease was seen in KwaZulu Natal earlier this year, it has now spread to other parts of the country.
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