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Aussie Horse virus

Jane Harrison JEB.Harrison at auckland.ac.nz
Thu Sep 29 00:47:02 EST 1994

In article <MAILQUEUE-101.940928094340.288 at molbiol.uct.ac.za>,
ED at molbiol.uct.ac.za ("RYBICKI, ED") wrote:
> > Has anyone heard of the virus that has killed 14 horses and a 
> trainer in
> > Queensland?
> > Just very interetsed.  The Horses went off their food, then had 
> trouble
> > breathing and died, and the trianer exhibited the same symptoms 
> and was
> > hosptialised, ending up on respirators and a dyalsis machine, and 
> died
> > today.
> > 
> > Suggestions as to what it is? Not being very virology minded is 
> this cross
> > species transfer very unusual?

> African horse sickness vaccine as grown at Onderstepoort in SA has 
> been known to infect, and cause blindness and other neurological 
> symptoms in, humans who were inadvertently exposed to it....  But 
> yes, the Aus outbreak sounds rather nasty, any details?
Everything that I heard on the radio I posted.  There was the assumption
that it was a virus but other infectious agents or foul play had not been
ruled out. The movemnt of horses around the state of Queensland had been
stopped, and the affected stables quarentined, and the radio reporter took
these measures to be a sign of infectiuos agents involved in this


Jane Harrison                     'All opinions are Mine and mine alone'
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