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Segenhoe Stud Blames Airborne Flu Virus

Thursday, 6th September 2007

Segenhoe Stud immediately released a statement warning: "Last Friday we received advice that a stock horse located approximately 2kms from Segenhoe had returned a positive test to equine influenza on a neighbouring property. On Monday morning we noticed clinical signs of equine influenza in a pony which is used as a teaser on our own farm. We immediately advised the DPI & the Rural Lands Protection Board. The pony was sampled by an independent veterinarian (who has been trained in the procedure) on Monday afternoon. By then 2 other horses were showing similar symptoms & they were also sampled. Today (Wednesday) we have been advised those tests are positive to equine influenza. We have had very strict quarantine measures in place since equine influenza was first reported. However this experience suggests such measures are ineffective. The Segenhoe pony was alone in a large paddock. He has had no contact with any other horse or with any human since August 15. Further, his paddock is separated from our neighbour by 2kms of distance, a public road, the Hunter River & numerous other horse paddocks. In the circumstances, it seems highly likely the virus was airborne. We currently have 206 horses on Segenhoe, including 130 mares.

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