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TBA Urges Immediate Aust-Wide Flu Vaccination
The Board of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (the peak industry body for breeders) confirmed its support for "the existing equine influenza containment program, put in place by the Federal & State Governments, including the development of zones & other initiatives, but also believes a national vaccination program must be commenced forthwith". TBA declared bluntly: "At present the entire Australian horse industry is at risk, with the plight of the thoroughbred racing & breeding industry being particularly acute in terms of economic loss." TBA president John Messara noted: "With the news on Friday that 714 properties are equine influenza-infected in NSW, an increase of some 300 infected properties over a 24-hour period, the use of vaccine must be approved as an adjunct to the control & eradication of equine influenza."