Influenza In Perspective

September 01, 2008

The equine influenza (EI) epidemic in Australia is over: There have been no new cases since Dec. 25, 2007, and the country was declared provisionally free of EI on March 14, 2008. Large-scale surveys, both targeted and random, are under way to... Read More


Industry Praised for Eradicating Equine Flu in Australia

August 25, 2008

One year after equine influenza was first reported in New South Wales, Australia, Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald said Aug. 24 that the state's horse industry is back on track.

"Exactly one year ago today our horse industries'... Read More


New South Wales to Deactivate Equine Flu Outbreak Precautions

June 25, 2008

Precautionary measures retained in New South Wales (NSW) since the eradication of equine influenza was confirmed in February will end at midnight on June 30.

From July 1 an official Traveling Horse Statement will not be required before... Read More


Australia's Equine Industry Won't Receive Influenza Bill

June 11, 2008

An Australian government official announced today that the horse industry would not be asked to pay for the expenses associated with last year's outbreak of equine influenza. According to the Read More


IDEXX Now Offers 48-hour R. equi Testing Results

June 07, 2008

A rapid PCR test is now available through IDEXX/EBI to detect virulent or avirulent strains of R. equi bacteria, the leading cause of foal pneumonia. IDEXX noted that its R. equi test uses PCR methods that are more... Read More


Equine Flu Vaccine Adds Protection from Additional Strain

May 13, 2008

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., has received approval from the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for a line of equine influenza vaccines trademarked as Calvenza-03. Calvenza-03 EIV (equine influenza virus) and Calvenza-03... Read More


Vaccination Schedule Guidelines

April 21, 2008

Developing a vaccination schedule is not as straightforward as it sounds. So much of what you should vaccinate for depends upon such factors as where you live, how often your horse travels, how old he is, his vaccination history, and what infectious ... Read More


New Zealand Tests Imports for Equine Flu

April 04, 2008

New Zealand biosecurity officials are retesting samples taken from horses imported directly from the United States to the Karaka quarantine facility due to conflicting test results that indicate the presence of equine influenza, the... Read More


Influenza Vaccination

April 04, 2008

An overview of a common respiratory infection in horses, equine influenza.... Read More


Australia Equine Flu Inquiry Wraps Up

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


Fighting Equine Influenza: Winning the Battle but Losing the War?

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


Australian State Declared Officially Free of Equine Flu

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


Understanding Equine Influenza

February 28, 2008

Influenza in horses, learning the basics.... Read More


Australian State Extends Flu-Free Zone

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


Australian State Declared Free of Equine Influenza

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


Australia: Former Equine Flu Hot Spots Declared Free of Virus

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


Australia Flu Inquiry Leaders Searching for Quarantine, Outbreak Link

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


Hunter-Jumper Group Event to Benefit Emergency Fund

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


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