USDA Lifts Requirements For Horses From Australia And New Zealand

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has exempted horses imported from Australia and New Zealand from testing for dourine and glanders, two potentially fatal equine diseases not known to exist in the United States, during the quarantine period.

"This action makes the importation of horses from Australia and New Zealand less expensive and more practical, without endangering the health of our own horse population," said Alfonso Torres, deputy administrator for veterinary services with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a part of USDA's marketing and regulatory programs mission area.

Horses imported from Australia and New Zealand will continue to be tested for equine piroplasmosis and equine infectious anemia and undergo any other tests and procedures that may be required to determine their freedom from communicable diseases.

New Zealand has never had a reported case of dourine or glanders. Australia has never had a reported case of dourine, and the last reported case of glanders in that country was reported in 1891.

Notice of this final rule is scheduled for publication in the June 15 Federal Register and becomes effective on June 30. APHIS documents published in the Federal Register, and related information, including the names of organizations and individuals who have commented on APHIS rules, are available on the Internet at

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