African Horse Sickness


African horse sickness is the most serious known viral disease of horses, resulting in up to 95% mortality.

It is an exotic disease which has never been reported in Australia.

African horse sickness is listed as prohibited matter in New South Wales. If you suspect African horse sickness you must report it immediately by phoning the Emergency Animal Disease Hotline on 1800 675 888 at any time, or by phoning your Local Land Services on 1300 795 299 during business hours.

Topics in this Primefact include:

  • What causes African Horse Sickness?
  • Susceptible species
  • Typical signs of African Horse Sickness in horses
  • How is African Horse Sickness spread?
  • Geographic spread of African Horse Sickness overseas
  • How could African Horse Sickness spread to Australia?
  • Preparedness for an outbreak of African Horse Sickness


Primefact PUB20/911 First Edition

Published: Dec 2020