Australian Authorities Begin Influenza Inquiry

The independent inquiry into the Australian outbreak of equine influenza is underway. Judge Ian Callinan, former Justice of the High Court of Australia, is heading up the probe.

James Gilkerson, BVSc, BSc(Vet) Hons, PhD, president of Equine Veterinarians Australia and head of the infectious disease laboratory at the University of Melbourne, on Tuesday explained how the virus might have entered the country and its subsequent spread. He also gave information on the nature of the virus.

Others who have so far testified include: Jennifer Gordon, executive manager of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS); David Ironside, AQIS' national manager; and Julie Sims, who is directly in charge of the Sydney quarantine center where the virus was first identified.

According to a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Counselors assisting the Commission have collected statements and oral evidence from more than 150 people in the past five weeks. They have also carried out 100 background interviews and have subpoenaed 30,000 documents.

More information on the inquiry, including testimony transcripts, is available by clicking here.  

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Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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