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Horse Standstill Working In NSW

Tuesday, 11th September 2007

Meanwhile NSW chief veterinary officer Bruce Christie emphasised the "on-going horse standstill in NSW is working & has dramatically slowed the spread of equine influenza". Christie noted: "Equine influenza is confirmed on 401 properties, but most are contained within a band that runs from Sydney & its surrounds to the Central Coast, Hunter Valley & north-west of the state. There has been only 1 outlying spot outbreak in the last 4 days, which is excellent news." Vast areas of NSW remain free from the virus, including the south & south-west, Northern Rivers, New England & the west. Isolated spot outbreaks have occurred near Wauchope, Mudgee, Berry, Walcha, Dubbo & Parkes. Christie summed up: "Most newly infected properties are located within the known area, where there is a higher incidence of the disease & dense horse populations. The spread has been mainly caused by horse-to-horse contact & people in contact with horses."

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