TABLE 2:

Number of participant responses (%) to statements regarding the consequences of an outbreak of West Nile virus (WNV) or African horse sickness (AHS) in the UK

StatementWNVAHS
TrueFalseI do not knowTrueFalseI do not know
Disease could spread rapidly throughout the UK (respondents: WNV 326; AHS 326)157 (48.1%)16 (4.9%)153 (46.9%)183 (56.1%)15 (4.6%)128 (39.3%)
Many horses could become ill (327; 326)181 (55.4%)14 (4.3%)132 (40.4%)221 (67.8%)6 (1.8%)99 (30.4%)
Horses could die from the disease (328; 328)173 (52.7%)7 (2.1%)148 (45.1%)218 (66.5%)0 (0%)110 (33.5%)
Lots of horses * (more than 1000) could die from the disease (327; 324)101 (30.9%)24 (7.3%)202 (61.8%)139 (42.9%)10 (3.1%)175 (54.0%)
The government would ban movement of horses in affected areas (327; 329)120 (36.7%)22 (6.7%)185 (56.6%)157 (47.7%)25 (7.6%)147 (44.7%)
A vaccination campaign would be necessary to prevent further spread (327; 329)99 (30.3%)19 (5.8%)209 (63.9%)131 (39.8%)24 (7.3%)174 (52.9%)
Vaccination could be done immediately to protect horses (325; 328)56 (17.2%)37 (11.4%)232 (71.4%)52 (15.9%)53 (16.2%)223 (68.0%)
  • *Participants were provided with the information that there are approximately 900,000 horses in the UK.