Disease stats reveal rare cases, plus usual suspects

October 1, 2008

Hendra in Australia, West Nile virus in the United States, and grass sickness in Switzerland. Equine diseases continued to cause their usual share of heartache and distress around the globe in the second quarter of 2008, figures in the last Equine Disease Quarterly reveal.

The usual suspects made their appearance in horses, such as West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis in the United States, but there were also much rarer appearances, such as Hendra in Queensland and piroplasmosis in Florida.

The International Collating Centre in Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks: