Descriptive epidemiology of African horse sickness in Zimbabwe

Show simple item record Gordon, Stuart Bolwell, Charlotte Rogers, Chris Guthrie, Alan John Magunda, Forgivemore Hove, Petronella 2013-09-25T07:31:54Z 2013-09-25T07:31:54Z 2013-05-24
dc.description.abstract A study of the prevalence of African horse sickness in horses was conducted, using records from two private equine practices in Harare for the period 1998–2004. Results indicated a higher prevalence of the disease in horses in Zimbabwe in the late rainy season (March – May). Age of the horse was found to be a significant risk factor, with foals or yearlings appearing to be 1.80 times more likely to contract the disease compared with horses older than two years. The case fatality rate in foals or yearlings was also higher than in older age groups, but this difference was not significant. The vaccination status was an important risk factor, with vaccinated horses 0.12 times less likely to die from the disease compared with unvaccinated horses. Young, unvaccinated horses therefore seem to be the most susceptible to the disease and have greater chances of fatality. This study highlights the importance of adequately protecting horses against African horse sickness by providing immunisation through vaccination and discusses the need to review current vaccination strategies being practiced in Zimbabwe. en
dc.description.librarian am2013 en
dc.description.librarian ab2013
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dc.identifier.citation Gordon, S., Bolwell, C., Rogers, C., Guthrie, A., Magunda, F. & Hove, P., 2013, ‘Descriptive epidemiology of African horse sickness in Zimbabwe’, Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research 80(1), Art. #578, 5 pages. 10.4102/ojvr.v80i1.578 en
dc.identifier.issn 0030-2465 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2219-0635 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/ojvr.v80i1.578
dc.identifier.other 7006535470
dc.identifier.other J-6375-2013
dc.identifier.other 0000-0001-7729-9918
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dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en
dc.rights © 2013. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en
dc.subject Equine en
dc.subject.lcsh African horse sickness -- Zimbabwe en
dc.subject.lcsh Horses -- Virus diseases en
dc.subject.lcsh African horse sickness -- Epidemiology en
dc.title Descriptive epidemiology of African horse sickness in Zimbabwe en
dc.type Article en

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