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NMG Prepares Vaccination Contingency Plan

Monday, 17th September 2007

Meanwhile the National Management Group (comprised of chief executives of the Commonwealth & State/Territory departments of agriculture/primary industries across Australia, plus heads of peak bodies representing the horse industry) addressing the equine influenza outbreak "re-affirmed its view that equine influenza can be contained with a view to eradication, with current control measures remaining effective". The NMG "has asked its scientific & technical advisory body, the Consultative Committee On Emergency Animal Disease, to develop scenarios to project the future trend of the outbreak based on reasonable assumptions" & declared: "This work should help response agencies, industry & recreational horse owners develop a clearer picture of how much longer stringent biosecurity & movement restrictions may need to be maintained". The NMG also issued a paper on vaccination "to help inform stakeholders & the public debate on the issue"; it "outlines technical facts about vaccination & key issues for considering vaccination as a control measure". And NMG revealed: "Contingency planning for the possible future use of vaccines is being undertaken" including preparation of "a risk analysis on key issues, focussing on possible triggers for vaccination use & strategies for employing it".

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