Icelandic horse disease diagnosed in human

Iceland’s chief epidemiologist has confirmed that a human is infected with the disease known as ‘hestapest’ in Icelandic, which has been seriously affecting Icelandic horses this year.

A large proportion of Iceland’s horses came down with the respiratory disease this summer. The streptococcus bacteria is apparently to blame and human symptoms can include sore throat, scarlet fever and other afflictions.

Soon after horses began falling ill, questions began to be asked about whether humans can also catch the disease. Haraldur Briem, Chief Epidemiologist has now confirmed that they can. He says that only one case has been discovered so far; but added that doctors have not been routinely screening for the disease until now, Visir.is reports.