Control of Equine Influenza Requires Diligence

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


New York Racing Board Alters Whip Violation Rule

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


Aussie Flu Outbreak: Equine Events to Resume in Queensland

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


Queensland Easing Some Equine Movement Restrictions

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


New Zealand Disease Specialists Learn from Australia Equine Flu

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


Horses Returning to Sydney Show despite Influenza Outbreak

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


Australia Flu Outbreak: First Recovered Horses Allowed into Victoria

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


Australia Equine Flu: Cooperation Key to Eliminating Queensland Cases

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


Equine Flu: Portion of New South Wales Reclassified as Lower Risk

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


Australia Flu Inquiry: Groom Says Officials Not Concerned by Sick Horse

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


Equine Flu Inquiry: Five Horses Not Checked

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


Equine Influenza: 42,000 Horses Infected in New South Wales

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


Quarantine Protocol Under Fire in Australian Flu Inquiry

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 Read More


Nine Horses Reported Dead in Mongolia Equine Flu Outbreak

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


Australian Authorities Begin Influenza Inquiry

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


Flu: Queensland Government to Pay for Vaccination and Microchipping

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


New Flu Quarantine Allows Japanese Horses to Compete in Hong Kong

November 08, 2007

From the Hong Kong Jockey Club

Quarantine protocols will be enacted to enable Japanese horses to compete in the 2007 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races.

Extensive negotiations between the Hong Kong... Read More


Equine Influenza Reported in China

November 08, 2007

More than 5,500 horses in the Xinjiang autonomous region of China have equine influenza, according to a Nov. 5 release from the Office International des Epizooties (OIE).... Read More


Australia: Melbourne Cup to Carry On Despite Equine Influenza

November 05, 2007

The equine influenza outbreak has not been able to penetrate the outer shell of excellence of the Melbourne Cup. In fact, the Aus$5 million ($4.6million) Cup, run over two miles on Nov. 6, features as good a field as ever.

There are 24 runners... Read More


Australia Equine Flu Complicates 2008 Olympic Team Qualification

November 02, 2007

The 2007 Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) regional Olympic dressage qualification event, which was scheduled to take place Oct. 24 through 28, is among the hundreds of equestrian events that have been cancelled as a result of the Read More


Equine Flu: New South Wales Officials Reclassifying Risk Areas

November 02, 2007

The government's campaign to eradicate equine influenza turned a corner today (Nov. 2) as a large part of New South Wales (NSW) was reclassified from high risk to lower risk, said Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald.

Macdonald sai... Read More


Equine Flu: More Than 6,500 Infected Properties

October 25, 2007

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries reported today (Oct. 25) that there are 5,050 infected properties, 459 dangerous contact properties, and 492 suspect properties. Of the 12,068 horses targeted for vaccination in buffer areas,... Read More


NSW Influenza Status Update: Vaccination, Movement Restrictions in Place

October 22, 2007

According to the News South Wales Department of Primary Industries, there are currently 4,919 properties considered infected with equine influenza, 451 dangerous contact properties, and 476 suspect properties in the state. A total of 6,731 horse... Read More


Flu Response: Group Representing Performance and Pleasure Horse Industry Formed

October 18, 2007

A new group representing the performance and pleasure horse industry will work with the Queensland Government to help ensure a coordinated response to the equine influenza (EI) outbreak, Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries Tim Mulherin... Read More


Equine Influenza: Nearly 40,000 Horses Affected in Australia

October 17, 2007

News services and government sites from Australia are stating there are now nearly 40,000 horses with equine influenza in New South Wales and Queensland. Positive laboratory tests were obtained from horses in Singleton, Wellington, Dubbo,... Read More