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    Swamp Fever

    Defra, the British Government's department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has confirmed that a horse in Cornwall has tested positive for Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA), commonly known as 'swamp fever'.
    A viral disease normally spread by insects, the infection has been in the news this week after a horse trained at Cologne racecourse in Germany tested positive for the disease.

    Last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Danedream is also housed at Cologne, along with over 300 other horses and all of them have been grounded for 90 days in quarantine, meaning Peter Schiergen's filly cannot defend her title in Paris on Sunday.

    The infected horse at the Cornwall stables was a non-thoroughbred and has been put down, with restrictions placed and others being tested.

    Please go away ....

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    Dont think this is as serious as foot and mouth ? Found this bit on BBC site...

    It is the first recorded case of swamp fever in the UK this year.

    EIA is a viral disease that attacks a horse's immune system and is transmitted through the exchange of blood by biting insects, such as flies and midges.

    In can result in death and cause pregnant mares to abort.
    Infection trail

    Only a few cases have been recorded in the UK over the past 30 years - with the last cases in the South West two years ago.

    Defra said it could not say where the horse was stabled, but said restrictions had been placed on the yard as investigations were carried out to establish how the horse contracted EIA.

    A spokeswoman said the affected horse was brought over from Belgium five years ago and vets are now tracing its travel movements within the UK.

    Defra said EIA posed no danger to humans and there was no evidence that this outbreak presented a risk to the local community.

    Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens said: "All the necessary precautions to prevent disease spread, including movement restrictions on the sick horse and others at the same stables, were put in place as soon as we became aware of the animal's illness.

    "We have also begun a thorough investigation to ascertain whether any other horses may have been exposed to infection.

    "Equine Infectious Anaemia is a serious disease but it can be contained by finding infected horses and removing them so that they do not infect others."
    Does the weather have anything to do with it ?

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