Laboratory test results confirmed that 73 dead horses in the Pak Chong area have been killed by an African horse sickness, reports the Thailand Livestock Development Department.
Veterinarian Pasawee said that as many as 73 horses had died from the disease.
The department has banned any use of horses and their owners to leave the area to prevent the disease from spreading.
The laboratory test was performed on tissue samples from the animal by the Department of Livestock Development Thailand.
Officers from the department have been deployed for the disinfectant process at 29 horse farms, totaling 654 horses, in the Pak Chong area, and at other farms in the Muang area.
Added Pasawee, he said the outbreak originated in Africa. It is still unknown how the outbreak could spread in the Pak Chong area.
According to the Bangkok Post, veterinarians collected samples from animals of the same family, such as horses, donkeys, striped horses and camels at the Ratchasima Nakon Zoo for testing.
Owners of horse farms in the Pak Chong and Muang area have been advised to close their stables with nets to prevent their horses from being bitten by insects. This is especially gnats, which believed are carriers.
Source: Bangkok Post