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Horse Flu Confirmed On Emirates Park NSW

Tuesday, 11th September 2007

Emirates Park director of operations Dr Shalabh Sahu confirmed equine influenza has been contracted by horses on the stud's Hunter Valley headquarters at Murrurundi. Dr Sahu noted: "We introduced rigid quarantine procedures immediately on learning of the original equine influenza outbreak in Sydney. However it would seem the nature of this disease would clearly establish that containment fundamentally proves to be ineffective, no matter what radical steps are put into place. One of the teasers on our property showed clinical signs of equine influenza on the afternoon of Wednesday September 5, with both the Department of Primary Industries & Rural Land Protection Board being informed immediately on discovery. This teaser, along with 2 thoroughbred mares & a Clydesdale with a foal-at-foot, were subsequently sampled by an independent veterinarian. Results released on Saturday September 8 confirmed the teaser & the Clydesdale were positive to equine influenza. The property has been on standstill since the positives were confirmed, with stringent restrictions placed on all employees of the stud. In light of this sequence of events, I urge the Commonwealth Government & the thoroughbred breeding bodies of Australia to come up with immediate measures to minimise the loss likely to be caused by equine influenza this breeding season, as well as concrete strategies put into place for the long-term viability of the industry."

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