Equine Influenza: Nearly 40,000 Horses Affected in Australia

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, Mulgoa, Menangle Park, Bayview, Camden, Gilead, and Rosehill in New South Wales.

According to the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, as of Oct. 17 there were 4,696 infected properties, 448 dangerous contact properties, 456 suspect properties. A total of 5,059 horses have been vaccinated in the buffer areas, with the government stating, "This means the vaccination buffer framework is now almost complete." The number of horses infected by equine influenza in New South Wales stands at 38,459, according to HorseTalk.co.nz.

In Queensland there are currently 1,291 infected properties. The infected cluster areas have remained static at 2,766 sq km, according to the government's Web site. Equine Influenza is still contained to the Red Zone in the state's south east. Vaccination, as part of the government's program of containment and eradication is continuing.

Flu Causes Thoroughbred Farm Sale

According to a story by Chris Scholtz today on RacingandSports.com.au, because the Shadai Farm Japanese-based stallion Zenno Rob Roy is caught in quarantine in Melbourne, owners of Matamata farm in New Zealand cannot import him to stand. The stallion was key to the farm's success, so the owners say they must sell their interest in the farm and the farm will go up for auction. New Zealand does not have equine influenza, and heavy pressure has been placed on breeders to not import any horses that might bring the disease into the country.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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