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Outbreak of equine influenza among horses in Hong Kong during 1992
  1. DG Powell,
  2. KL Watkins,
  3. PH Li and
  4. KF Shortridge
  1. Gluck Equine Research Center, Department of Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington 40546-0099, USA.

Abstract

Equine-2 influenza virus A (H3N8) infection occurred among vaccinated thoroughbred horses in Hong Kong during November and December 1992. The outbreak was unique in that it occurred among a large population stabled under intensive conditions. It resulted in the postponement of seven race meetings over a period of 32 days. The outbreak originated after the importation of horses 25 to 32 days before any clinical signs were reported. Vaccination did not prevent 75 per cent of the population from becoming infected, and half the infected horses developed clinical signs. Vaccination did, however, contribute to reducing the morbidity and the severity and duration of the clinical signs.

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