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Good day. I have heard from our vet that horses are dropping like flies from AHS. We stable in Randjesfontein, Midrand area. I have a few questions: We have a mare & her foal who is now only 5 months old who are out 24/7 (in grass paddock; no stable) We are putting Peaceful Sleep (PS)on them (this is what the vet recommended we use). We are currently using the stick (instead of the cream or spray). Is Peaceful Sleep better than Tabbard? Does it make a difference which kind we use (spray, stick or cream). Are there any parts of the horse that are at greater risk of being bitten (eg legs or under the tummy)? We are currently only able to treat them in the late afternoons (after work); does this mean they are at increased risk of exposure in the mornings (effect of PS warn off)? Can we overdo the insect repellant and poisen the horse (we even put PS on their faces and around the ears)? Is there anything else we can do (eg feed lots of garlic)? Are our other horses who are stabled at night safer from being bitten? One of the mares in our yard who gave birth last week, who is stabled at night at this stage, was confirmed as having AHS - will this increase the risk to other horses stabled near her? Is there anywhere where we could find more accurate record of confirmed and suspected cases per area (your map only indicates one incident in the Midrand area)? thanks thank you?

Asked: 30/1/2008, 11:18 by Carrol-Lynne Pistorius.
Answered: 31/1/2008, 10:00 by Douglas Welsh.

Yes do have reports from Rantjiesfontein – in fact two deaths to date, but I do not have any further information on the second case so I cannot log it on the website. Please inform people to register cases on the website.

Tests show Tabbard as being the most effective – the cream form. I think what you are doing is the best considering you don’t stable your horses at night. I would tend to use the repellent twice a day.

With regard to the mare with AHS, she will only be a risk while she is in a viremic state which is prior to her showing and clinical symptoms.  


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