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Horse Flu Hits Hunter Valley Studs

Thursday, 6th September 2007

NSW Minister For Primary Industries Ian Macdonald yesterday announced the news Australia's breeding industry feared: "Equine influenza has reached the thoroughbred breeding areas of the Upper Hunter Valley, with DPI tests confirming outbreaks on 2 stud farms." Macdonald declared: "This is bad news for horse breeders: a Murrurundi horse breeding facility & another near Scone (high-profile Segenhoe Stud) are in lock-down after horses there tested positive. The DPI has confirmed these are the 1st thoroughbred breeding facilities in NSW where horse flu has been detected. Obviously both properties are now declared infected & strict quarantine is in place to stop the further spread of the disease. DPI tracing & surveillance teams are now working to identify how the disease made its way on to the properties: we need to establish a link to a known infected property so we understand how this infection occurred."

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