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Aussie_steeler
08-30-2007, 07:20 AM
The equine flu virus has officially been identified at Randwick race course in Sydney Australia.
Over 700 horses are stabled here and it is expected all horses will be infected in the next few weeks.

As a result Australia has quarantined all Horse movements in the country for a 72 hour period.
Anyone caught moving a horse is liable for a $40000 fine.

The New South Wales spring racing carnival has been cancelled. As the horse racing industry in Australia is the third largest industry in Australia there is a lot of concern for the futures of many individuals who are employed in this area.

If anyone is an enthusiast of horse racing it may be of interest for you to follow this story.

http://abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/08/30/2019973.htm

I live in a small country town and all our local agricultural shows (fairs) are being cancelled due to the risk of infection. This is the only opportunity for carnival like activities to come to town for our children.

Last week at a small town, Parkes, infected horses where identified. All people at the show who owned horses where immediately quarantined and told that they all were not allowed to leave until 30 days after the last horse had recovered from infection. They are estimated to be in quarantine at a show ground with only camping facilities for the next 40 - 50 days

This is a very interesting scenario currently here in Australia.

Australia's top breeding sire Encosta De Lago whose service fee of $220000 each is in quarantine. His ban from breeding is expected to cost his owners $50 million in lost revenue over the next 50 days of quarantine. These are staggering numbers.

I will try to keep those interested up to date with progress down here.

Counselor
09-05-2007, 05:39 PM
My horse is vaccinated for equine influenza here in the US. Are horses not vaccinated in Austrailia? Or is this a new strain?

Aussie_steeler
09-07-2007, 07:45 AM
Australia up until now has been equine flu free.

It has been revealed that the only vaccine in Australia is for the European strain. Apparently the US strain entered via a stallion from Japan.

Counselor
09-07-2007, 10:05 AM
Australia up until now has been equine flu free.

It has been revealed that the only vaccine in Australia is for the European strain. Apparently the US strain entered via a stallion from Japan.

I see. That really sucks. I assume you guys have a pretty substantial quarantine---did the stallion just slip through the cracks---ie it didn't exhibit signs within the quarantine time---- or was it a case of procedure not being followed?

Aussie_steeler
09-16-2007, 07:42 AM
The horses were quarantined upon entry into the country. The contamination to the australian horse population appears to have occured by a vet who carried the virus out with them due to poor practice.

We have had very few race meetings in NSW for the past month. The only race meetings have been held at race tracks with large numbers of horses that are negative but the public is not allowed to attend. They are closed meetings. Bookies and punters are allowed onsite at another track and they watch the races on large screens.

We appear to be about two to four weeks away from open meeting being held.