Equine flu outbreak suspected in India

October 15, 2008

Nearly 95% of horses on a major farm in India are suspected of suffering from equine influenza, the Times of India reports.

Nearly all of the 660 horses at Matheran, Asia's only hill station, are showing flu symptoms which include a fever, nasal discharge and coughing.

The horses, which are used for transport of goods and tourists on the station, are receiving treatment and are said to be recovering.

A veterinarian was quoted as saying: "A few cases of Equine Flu have been reported from Delhi and certain regions in Uttar Pradesh."

The horses owners have been advised to keep the horses on the station to prevent spread of the highly contagious disease.