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Fresh African originated virus that could kill Humans already killing horses in Thailand. (Details)

When horses suddenly started dying in Thailand as the nation locked down to stem the spread of Covid-19, researchers feared the cause was another deadly bat-borne virus that could kill humans.

“We had no idea what was causing it,” said Nopadol Saropala, owner of a horse farm about 100 miles from the Thai capital, who lost 18 horses in nine days. “We found out later that it came from zebras that were apparently in transit to China.”

More than 500 horses have died since the outbreak appeared in late February. Blood samples analyzed in England in March confirmed it was African horse sickness, a viral disease not known to harm humans but which is widespread among equines, including zebras, in Africa. The illness, spread by biting midges, hadn’t broken out in Asia in more than 50 years.


The disease has devastated horse owners in Thailand and sent another signal to the global health community about the potential dangers of the wildlife trade. About 70% of emerging infectious diseases in humans are zoonotic — transmitted from animals to people.

The severity of the Covid-19 outbreak, thought to have originated in bats, has prompted governments from the U.S. to Australia to increase funding for studies of relationships between animals, humans and the environment to detect potential contagions before they jump species.

“Global biosecurity is pivotal,” said Mark Schipp, Australia’s chief veterinarian and president of the World Organisation for Animal Health. “Once established, diseases can be very costly, difficult to eradicate and can spread to other countries.”


Climate Change
Climate change, growing populations, consumerism, poverty, conflict, and migration are all factors in the spread of modern global health problems, a group of specialists wrote in the Lancet medical journal on May 16, calling for a multidisciplinary coalition to look into Covid-19.

Since 1980, four pandemics or international outbreaks — SARS, Ebola, AIDS and Covid-19 — have been tied to the wildlife trade. Other animal-bound pestilence, such as bluetongue, avian influenza, and African swine fever have added to the mounting costs of disease.

Toll of Asia’s Viruses
The most deadly viruses emerged from human contact with live animals


“A stronger surveillance system into parts of wildlife, in particular the ones that are the source of many of these viruses and which we may come into contact with, would be very helpful,” said Peter Ben Embarek, a food safety and animal disease scientist with the World Health Organization in Geneva.

While a Thai government investigation continues into the origins of the horse disease, evidence points to zebras — asymptomatic carriers — that were legally imported without needing blood samples or quarantine. That biosecurity gap was closed last month.

One locally registered firm involved in importing the animals since September 2018 had also been exporting them, especially to China, according to an April 7 statement by Thailand’s Department of National Parks.


“No one was thinking of a disease from Africa,” said Siraya Chunekamrai, a Bangkok-based veterinarian involved in efforts to contain the outbreak. “The first thought is to expect something local.”

Fruit Bats
Fruit bats present in Thailand are known to carry Nipah virus that can infect and kill humans. Hendra, a related virus, is also known to kill horses. Unlike Covid-19, there are vaccines to protect horses against both African horse sickness and Hendra.

A mass death if horses amid new breaking virus begun in Thailand, while neighboring Cambodia is installing finely woven nets to protect stables from the tiny blood-sucking midges that spread the virus in a similar way that mosquitoes transmit diseases such as dengue and malaria.


“We’re collaborating with medical specialists in dengue who have an understanding of insect movement,” said Siraya, who is also president-elect of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.

For many, the death of their equines means the loss of livelihoods. The disease has killed everything from Thoroughbred stallions and racehorses to pets and ponies used in tourism.

A 2012 study predicted a hypothetical introduction of African horse sickness in the Netherlands would result in as much as 232 million euros ($254 million) in direct costs and consequential losses of up to 284 million euros. Stables keeping horses for racing and other sports would be worst affected. In Thailand, one Thoroughbred breeder is reported to have lost more than 60 horses worth about 100 million baht ($3.1 million).


Horse Freeze
It’s also crucial to owners that Thailand identifies the source of the sickness and stops the spread as quickly as possible. Horses cannot be imported or exported from the country for at least two years from the date of the last infection or vaccination.

While the zebras were imported legally because of a loophole in the rules, many countries face an increased risk of outbreaks because of the growing black market for illegal wildlife products, which Interpol estimates is worth as much as $20 billion annually.

In Myanmar, which shares a border with Thailand, weak enforcement of wildlife protection laws means a steady stream of pangolins, turtles, snakes, bear parts, birds and ivory is smuggled into China, said Nay Myo Shwe, an expert on the illegal trade based at Chattin Wildlife Sanctuary, north of Mandalay in central Myanmar.


“That puts us at high risk for emerging infectious zoonotic diseases,” said Nay Myo Shwe. He said wildlife traders, disease trackers, regulatory agencies, and medical and veterinary aid groups need to work together to reduce the danger.

Identifying how the deadly horse disease leaped from Africa to Thailand is key to ensuring “lessons are learned,” said Schipp at the World Organisation for Animal Health. Without a profound change in wildlife trading, “a future pandemic would be probable.”



Thailand shooting: Survivors recall ordeal of gun rampage

Terrified residents of the Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima have been reliving their ordeal after a gunman roamed around a shopping centre on a shooting spree that killed 29 people.

Some barricaded themselves in toilets or hid under tables, frantically searching for information on mobiles.

Jakraphanth Thomma began his rampage on Saturday afternoon, but it only ended with his death 16 hours later.

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Mother, Katie kissed her 17 years old Harvey in Thailand holiday

Katie Price was pictured kissing her son Harvey on the lips as they enjoyed a luxury holiday in Thailand.

The 41-year-old former glamour model and her 17-year-old son were dressed for a dip in the pool when she put one hand around the teenager’s neck as she planted a kiss on his lips.

Katie Price kisses her 17-year-old son Harvey on the lips as they enjoy holiday in Thailand

Katie Price recently insisted she’s having the time of her life with her eldest son.

“Harvey so happy on this holiday with just his mom,” she captioned a clip of her son in the pool.

Katie Price kisses her 17-year-old son Harvey on the lips as they enjoy holiday in Thailand

The pair also played games outside their room. Katie and Harvey are seen clapping during a game of pat-a-cake before the mum-of-five gives him a kiss on the lips.


50 year old died after the fireworks he light exploded his face.

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A British man was killed while ringing in the New Year in Thailand after a firework exploded in his face.

50-year-old Gary McLaren was ringing in the New Year with his Thai fiancee and friends at the party resort of Pattaya, eastern Thailand, on December 31 when the incident occurred.

Mr. McLaren from Corby, Northamptonshire was said to have been partying at the Miami A Go-Go bar before stepping outside and trying to light a 50cm cardboard tube packed with fireworks.

Eyewitnesses said he failed in his initial attempts to light the fireworks, but succeeded on a second attempt, causing smoke to pour out of the tube before fireworks then exploded in his face, knocking him to the ground.

 British man, 50, is killed in front of his fiancee as firework he was trying to light explodes in his face (Photos/Video)

When police and medics got to the scene they found him laying on the ground with bloody wounds on his face. The man was later pronounced dead at the scene after chest compressions were performed on him.

In one photo from the scene, Mr. McLaren’s partner, Jasmine was pictured weeping and hugging his lifeless body.

 British man, 50, is killed in front of his fiancee as firework he was trying to light explodes in his face (Photos/Video)

She later took to Facebook to mourn his death, saying: ‘This is [our] last picture honey, you will be in my heart forever babe. RIP Gary McLaren.’

Rod Parsons added: ‘RIP my brother Gary McLaren

 British man, 50, is killed in front of his fiancee as firework he was trying to light explodes in his face (Photos/Video)

‘You were like a brother to me & I’ll always be forever grateful plus in your debt for everything you’ve done for me and my son Corey Parsons.

‘Rest in total peace my bro but you’ve been taken from us way way too early. Love ya buddy.’

Police Captain Nakhonrat Nontseelard said the British Embassy in Bangkok has been informed of the death.