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Horse Flu Remains Within Containment Lines

Tuesday, 18th September 2007

NSW Depatment Of Primary Industries deputy chief veterinary officer Ian Roth reported "new cases of equine influenza in NSW remain within established containment lines of the Restricted Areas. There have been no surprise cases. We know where the disease is & the standstill is preventing its spread into new areas. We must remember this is a highly contagious disease that can be passed on or transferred very, very easily. Areas where infected properties exist include the Hunter, Hawkesbury, Hornsby & Wollondilly local government areas, Narrabri & Tamworth in north western NSW, Cooyal near Mudgee & Dubbo & Parkes in the Central West." Latest figures from tracing & surveillance teams show there are 1,063 properties infected with equine influenza in NSW. About 9,700 horses have tested positive to horse flu & 4,762 have tested negative. Roth also noted there are "about 620 suspect properties in NSW being monitored" & it is expected the number of infected properties "will continue to steadily increase". He summed up: "The message to horse owners & the wider community is that to the standstill is working: new infections are located close to known infected properties."

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