Hong Kong Temporarily Suspends Import Of Horses From North America

10:00 a.m., EST

According to an Excite Sports report (www.sports.excite.com), the Hong Kong Jockey Club said on Wednesday, Oct. 20, it was temporarily suspending the import of horses from North America due to the outbreak of West Nile-like encephalitis in New York.

"This is a precautionary measure to prevent the possibility of the virus responsible for the fatal neurological disease from getting into the local mosquito population and infecting people, birds, and animals in Hong Kong," it said.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club said a testing program has been introduced to identify horses that have been exposed to the virus.

"This will enable importation of horses into Hong Kong from the United States to resume as soon as it is considered safe to do so," it said. It gave no indication when that might be.

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Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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