Livestock rearing: Kaduna state quarantines 18 horses

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Kaduna State government said it has placed 18 horses under quarantine following an outbreak of Equine Influenza also known as Horse Flu in parts of the state.

Dr. Manzo Daniel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry, while confirming the outbreak in Kaduan, said that the affected horses had been quarantined in Igabi and Zaria local government areas.

Igabi and Zaria local governments are homes to thousands of horses used for Polo Games and for Durbar Race during Sallah by the Zazzau Emirate.

Veterinary experts said that the outbreak might endanger thousands of horses usually assembled from different countries for the famous Kaduna International Polo Competition.

Equine Influenza is a highly contagious and fatal respiratory disease of horses, donkeys and mules caused by strains of influenza.

The disease causes depression, loss of appetite, muscle pain and weakness to affected horses and donkeys.

While most affected animals recover within two weeks, the cough may continue longer and it may take as much as six months for some horses to regain their full ability.

Meanwhile, the commissioner said that the state government had inaugurated campaign to control the Contagious Bovine Pleuro Pneumonia (CBPP), a lung infection outbreak that was earlier reported in the state.

The commissioner said that the disease had infected 1,850 cows and had so far killed 367 herds in parts of the state.

The commissioner also called on pastoralists to cooperate with veterinary doctors and other specialists who would vaccinate the animals to curtail spread.

He said that the treatment had commenced at Babban Saura community in Chikun Local Government, where the first case of the CBPP was reported.

Adama.L