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150,000 Vials Of Vaccine To Fight Horse Flu

Monday, 24th September 2007

NSW Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald announced 150,000 vials of equine influenza vaccine are being imported from France to systematically vaccinate horse populations across NSW, Queensland & Victoria. Macdonald confirmed: "Next Thursday 20,000 doses will arrive in NSW for distribution across the states: 1,000 doses will go to Victoria with the rest split between NSW & Queensland in the first instance. The following week another 30,000 doses will arrive & after that we are ordering tomorrow a further 100,000 doses." Macdonald explained the plan is to vaccinate "breeding & racing horses & the high level equestrian horses. NSW has an adequate allocation in the 1st instance to start the buffer zone work, as well as to vaccinate horses in areas which have not so far contracted the disease. Primarily horses at Rosehill, the Central Coast & Newcastle will be vaccinated & we will discuss other areas with Racing NSW.

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