Equine influenza kills 43 horses in India

May 11, 2009

Equine influenza has claimed the lives of 43 horses in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat, a report from India suggest.

India has been fighting a flu outbreak which began in June last year.

The deaths reported by the Hindi daily Danik Bhaskar are consderably higher than those those reported thus far to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The newspaper reports that laboratory testing has confirmed equine flu as the cause of the deaths.

India's last flu report to the OIE, dated April 21, cited a total of 59 cases and five deaths in the states of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.