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Malaysia bans Aussie horses over Hendra - report

July 21, 2011

Malaysia has banned the importation of Australia horses following the Hendra outbreak that has killed 12 horses, according to a Malaysian newspaper.

Thestar.com.my said the decision was made by the Veterinary Services Department and took effect on July 8.

It said it would be lifted only following an all-clear from Australian authorities.

The newspaper descriebd the ban as a precautionary measure.

"There are no cases of the virus infection here. However, we are taking precautionary measures and monitoring the situation in Australia closely," department deputy director-general of development, Datuk Dr Ibrahim Che' Embong, was quoted as saying.

Australia has a thoroughbred export trade with Malaysia worth about $A300 million annually.

Australian authorities are understood to have no formal information about the ban and are seeking clarification.

 

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