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Horse Flu Kills Foal in Iceland

A foal died from the horse flu on Saturday which has caused havoc in Iceland since early last spring. The foal was buried immediately in consultancy with a veterinarian, who didn’t believe it was safe to keep the carcass over the weekend to send it for an autopsy.


Icelandic horses during round-up. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“I lost a very beautiful foal which I thought would become a good riding horse,” the foal’s owner Sigurdur Grímsson at Fossmúli told Fréttabladid.

“The foal’s mother was coughing when she returned from a stallion paddock but I hadn’t heard the foal cough. Then I noticed that it was as if torpor had come over it. When I examined it more closely I noticed that it had rapid breathing and […] contractions in the abdomen. It also had green mucus and dried-up discharge around the nostrils,” Grímsson described.

Grímsson contacted a veterinarian on Wednesday evening last week. The vet told him that foals are now being hit by the flu and he should therefore pay close attention to his foal. However, that didn’t suffice and Grímsson believes the foal died from pneumonia.

There is one known case of the horse flu having been carried to humans.

Click here to read more about the horse flu.

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