April 03, 2008
Leaders of an inquiry into Australia's billion-dollar equine influenza outbreak finished taking evidence Thursday after five months and testimony from 200 witnesses.
Former High Court judge Ian Callinan, who will issue his report by April 25,... Read More
March 18, 2008
Over the course of a few short months, the Australian horse flu outbreak cost the country approximately $100 million AU ($92.6 million US) and caused racing, breeding, and other performance horse-related activities to effectively grind to a halt... Read More
February 28, 2008
Almost exactly six months after the horse industry in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, ground to a halt due to an outbreak of equine influenza, government officials today declared the state free of the virus.
"It's official, horse flu has... Read More
February 28, 2008
Influenza in horses, learning the basics.... Read More
February 25, 2008
The area of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, declared free of equine influenza was expanded an additional 2,800 square miles last week. This change significantly eases the transport restrictions placed on thousands of horses, said Ian Macdonald,... Read More
February 14, 2008
Less than six months after the first horse was infected, all properties in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) have been declared free of equine influenza.
"I can say today that not one horse in NSW is now known to have equine... Read More
February 08, 2008
Areas of New South Wales, Australia, formerly considered to be "hot spots" for equine influenza were given a clean bill of health Feb. 8, according to Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald.
"Exhaustive testing has failed to identify... Read More
February 06, 2008
Investigations into the chain of events leading to the ongoing equine flu influenza outbreak in Australia have now entered their fifth month in the New South Wales (NSW) capital city of Sydney.
Recent testimony continues to reveal... Read More
February 04, 2008
It’s time to flex those muscles and test your skills at the second annual "Bowling for Equestrians," an event that benefits the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation’s (AHJF) Emergency Relief Fund. The event will be held Feb. 17 at Greenacres Bowl i... Read More
February 03, 2008
The outbreaks of equine influenza (EI) that occurred in 2007 in Japan and Australia are a jolting reminder that influenza viruses use simple--but very effective--strategies for their own survival, and that our lack of attention allows this virus to... Read More
January 18, 2008
A rule that would permit stewards to disqualify a horse should his rider carelessly strike another horse or rider with his whip was recently adopted by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.
The board approved the final adoption of... Read More
January 17, 2008
Equestrian events are poised to resume in the southeast area of Queensland as concerns about equine influenza ease, Treasurer and Acting Minister for Primary industries and Fisheries Andrew Fraser said in a statement.
"With no new cases... Read More
January 10, 2008
Queensland biosecurity officials will now allow some equine movement within equine influenza infection zones, as the state's efforts to eradicate the virus are weighed against the impact of movement bans on the equine industry.
Some movemen... Read More
January 04, 2008
New Zealand exotic disease specialists drafted into the equine influenza response team battling the outbreak of equine influenza in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, will apply knowledge gained through handling this outbreak to improve... Read More
December 26, 2007
Despite the outbreak of equine influenza, Australia's best horses will be able to compete at the 2008 Sydney Royal Easter Show, government and agriculture officials recently announced.
New South Wales Minister for Primary Industries Ian... Read More
December 17, 2007
On December 17, 66 horses from New South Wales, Australia, will be the first allowed entry into the state of Victoria, 114 days after equine influenza (EI) was detected at stables in Sydney's Centennial Park.
"Today marks another milestone... Read More
December 14, 2007
All of the sectors involved in the equine influenza response in Queensland have been working cooperatively to eradicate equine influenza, and officials are starting to see the benefits of their effort.
According to Biosecurity Queensland's... Read More
November 27, 2007
The campaign by the government of New South Wales (NSW) to rid the state of equine influenza reached another milestone yesterday, when a further 10 million hectares (38,600 square miles) were reclassified from high risk (amber) to lower risk... Read More
November 26, 2007
The outbreak of equine influenza in Australia came about from an apparent lack of concern about horses with elevated temperatures and poor record keeping, according to a groom who worked at the Eastern Creek quarantine facility. The cost of the... Read More
November 25, 2007
An investigation into how equine influenza entered Australia and who is responsible for allowing it is in full swing.
Retired High Court Judge Ian Callinan, who is conducting the inquiry into how equine influenza escaped... Read More
November 23, 2007
The Department of Primary Industries in New South Wales stated that as of Nov. 23, there are 5401 infected properties, 491 dangerous contact properties, 487 suspect properties, and 42,253 infected horses. There were 41,167 total infected... Read More
November 18, 2007
Three months after Australia's first-ever outbreak of equine influenza, an independent inquiry into the history and management of the outbreak is uncovering troubling flaws in the government's quarantine procedures, according to
November 18, 2007
Mongolian authorities are reporting seven outbreaks of equine influenza, according to a Nov. 14 release from the Office International des Epizooties (OIE).
The first outbreak... Read More
November 14, 2007
The independent inquiry into the Australian outbreak of equine influenza is underway. Judge Ian Callinan, former Justice of the High Court of Australia, is heading up the probe.
James Gilkerson, BVSc, BSc(Vet) Hons, PhD, president of Equine... Read More
November 09, 2007
The Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries has announced it will foot the bill for approved performance and pleasure horses to be microchipped and vaccinated. The government will also pay veterinarians $35 per horse to get the... Read More
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