African Horse Sickness — Thailand
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 [161 km] from the Thai capital, who lost 18 horses in 9 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