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Sydney Vet & Plasvacc Seek Horse Flu Solution

Thursday, 13th September 2007

Meanwhile Dr Tim Roberts (vet in charge of Sydney's Centennial Parkland Equestrian Centre) & Queensland bio-tech company Plasvacc (Australia's leading producer of animal plasma products) have formed an alliance "to investigate a medical solution for the current equine influenza virus" & are "awaiting permission from Animal Health Australia through AusVetPlan to draw plasma from infected horses at the Centennial Park stable". They believe the infected horses "have started to build immunity to the flu virus & plasma drawn from the horses could boost the immune systems of horses faced with the highly contagious disease". Roberts said he was "cautiously optimistic the treatment collected from volunteer donors at the Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre could provide a ray of hope for the industry". And Plasvacc chief executive Andrew Macarthur noted antibody-rich plasma is "a proven way of combating the risk of many other infections, especially in new-born foals". Macarthur declared: "We are looking for industry-wide support to fast-track this program to see if it can work. Now more than ever, new-born foals need the proven benefits provided by antibody-rich plasma to fight off the risk of equine influenza."

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