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FURTHER to the recent news article ‘Funding sought for further development of African horse sickness vaccine’ (VR, July 9, 2016, vol 179, p 32), I would like to publicly support this initiative and commend its importance for the veterinary profession and the equine industry, not only nationally but also internationally.
Since bluetongue virus serotype 8 (BTV-8) emerged in northern mainland Europe in 2006, spreading to the UK in 2007, the UK equine industry and government have recognised the major but realistic threat to our horses from a similar emergence of African horse sickness (AHS) virus, which is related to BTV-8 and is spread by the same biting midge vectors. …
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