Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela 2020: Expert Advice on Horse Diseases, Symptoms, Causes & Cure
Enquine Influenza is a horse disease which spreads rapidly and can be transmitted to the humans as well.
The event of Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela 2020 was conducted by the ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute at the Mela Ground from 1 March- 3 March.
The Shining India, Journalist, Jyoti had exclusive interview of Mr. Ajmer Singh who is a Horse Expert and is working closely with National Research Centre on Equines to cure the disease of horses and their breeds.
He told about the major elements of the disease named 'Glanders' which badly impacts on horse health and can be transmitted easily to a human.
Conventionally, NRCE research centre is also working to aware the people regarding the Equine Influenza or Horse Flu which spreads rapidly at no time. According to their research, there are generally two types of Equine Influenza
1. H3N8 (A/equi-2)
2. H7N7 (A/equi-1)
In India, A/equi-1 has the major ratio found in the horses that causes Pulmonary Emphysema, Purpura hemorrhagica and Asthma which leads to death.
He said, “Don’t avoid the initial symptoms including dry cough, yellow phlegm from nose, watery eyes. At this time, animals should get the proper rest instead working in the field. Too much work load has higher chances to increase the infection.”
Ajmer Singh added, "If you found these symptoms in your animals then they should be immediately taken to the NRCE for a better treatment and checkup.
Humans who are in a direct contact with diseased or infected animals can face the consequences as well".
Though, six to eight weeks precaution can control or prevent the disease from spreading to other animals or humans.
Prevention from the Horse Infection:
• Use soaps and detergent powder to clean the stable or the place where you keep your animals.
• Use warm water to spread over the floor and walls.
• Dettol, Chlorhexidine, Phenyl and Pharmaline should be used at least for 20-30 minutes while cleaning.
• Do not feed the animals in a same tub or utensils. Feed the animals in hygienic utensils.
• Burn the ropes which were used on an infected animal.
• Or else leave them to soak overnight in dettol water.
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