China has confirmed its first equine case of Getah virus in a 17-year-old Warmblood. The horse developed a sudden fever and diagnostic testing showed the presence of the mosquito-borne virus, which has no effective treatment.
The horse, who is housed with1 4 other horses at a riding center in the Guangdong Province, was prescribed rest by the treating veterinarian. The horse's fever subsided after 12 days; he never had any nasal discharge, depression or or lack of appetite. The horse showed no remaining sign of the virus in bloodwork taken 13 days after he fell ill. No other horse at the center became sick.
Drs. Gang Lu, Jiajun Ou, Jinzhao Ji, Zixin Ren, Xue Hu, Caiying Wang and Shoujun Li reported that it was the first report of Getah virus in China. They named the strain GZ201808 and said the strain was similar to the one detected in pigs in China in 2017. Getah can infect humans and many other mammals.
The researchers believe that the virus poses a potential threat to China's racing industry and are encouraging the development of a vaccine. The disease has been reported in India and Japan, and six major outbreaks among racehorses have taken place, causing massive economic losses.
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