NSW Influenza Status Update: Vaccination, Movement Restrictions in Place

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 horses out of 13,476 have been vaccinated in the designated buffer areas so far.

Officials are performing surveillance testing in Coonamble, Coonabarabran, Berry, Walcha, and Gloucester Tops. If the results of these tests are negative, the movement restrictions for these areas could be modified.

It has been proposed that a number of consultant groups representing the various areas of the equine industry be formed in order to plan for the industry's recovery once the outbreak has ended.

Horse owners are reminded that observing the recommended biosecurity measures for personal hygiene is critical for the influenza eradication campaign to be successful. Ensuring that people coming onto any horse property have undertaken the necessary personal hygiene recommendations is the easiest way to protect horses.

Officials are asking horse owners in the designated red or purple movement restriction zones (for a map see www.TheHorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=10451) who have uninfected horses to complete a survey. It is proposed that vaccinating horses that are not yet infected within these zones will protect them and assist with the containment strategy. The survey is available at www.surveymaster.com/AHIC/Q1.asp.

Vaccination of the prioritized horses identified by the survey will begin after Oct. 24. The operation will be coordinated by the local disease control center.

Current information on the vaccination program can be found at: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/equine-influenza/vaccination.

Infected horses and properties must be registered on the Department of Primary Industries Web site at: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/horse/influenza/information/horse-owners-restricted-areas/form.   

The community meetings organized for this week are:

  • Monday, Oct. 22: Maitland, Gulgong, and Grenfell.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23: Gloucester, Blayney, Bathurst, and West Wyalong
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24: Albion Park, Mangrove Mountain, Cessnock, Oberon, and Coolamon.
  • Thursday, Oct. 25: Rylestone, Goulburn, Armidale, and Temora.
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