African horse sickness virus

Last Modified: Fri, 18 Aug 2023 09:00:32 IST
Disease name African horse sickness virus
Animal Health Law Category if applicable E, D, A
Species affected Equidae
Description African horse sickness (AHS) is an acute or subacute, insect-borne, viral disease of equids that is endemic to Africa. It is characterized by severe respiratory and circulatory system associated clinical signs and has a very high mortality rate. AHS is not considered a public health risk.
Status in Ireland Absent - official WOAH free status
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland Never Reported
DAFM Division Responsible NDCC
S.I. No. 116/2014 - African Horse Sickness Regulations 2014. (
Link to relevant external website - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (
Notifiable in Ireland Yes
WOAH Listed Yes