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10,000 Flu Shots For NSW Buffer Zones

Tuesday, 18th September 2007

NSW Minister For Primary Industries Ian Macdonald announced "10,000 shots of horse flu vaccine will be imported for use in new special equine influenza buffer zones" across the state. Macdonald noted: "The vaccine represents the next phase in the campaign to eradicate the exotic horse flu, which has now infected more than 1,000 properties in NSW. Vaccine will be imported once the Federal Government's office of the Gene Technology Regulator signs off on this initiative. There is national agreement that we must use the vaccine strategically & with precision to stay one step ahead of the disease with the ultimate aim of eradication. I want to make it absolutely clear from the start that the vaccine will not be made available to every horse owner in NSW: it just won't work that way. Exhaustive tracing, surveillance & mapping efforts mean we now have a good handle on where the disease is. This knowledge makes vaccine use in buffer zones the best option to contain & eradicate. Using vaccine earlier in the campaign, without the information we have now, would have been flying blind." Macdonald added about 5,000 horse will be vaccinated twice at an interval of 14 days.

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