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
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
November 08, 2007
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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