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Horse flu spreads through NSW, symptoms in Queensland

August 26, 2007

Equine flu Q & A

The equine flu virus has spread in Australia's New South Wales to well outside the original affected zones, with nearly 50 horses in the state so far being confirmed as infected with influenza A.

"The horses are located at Centennial Park, Parkes, Moonbi (near Tamworth), Broughton Vale (near Berry), Wilberforce, Cattai and Wyong," New South Wales Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald said.

"A total of 48 horses were tested in these areas and 47 were found to have the disease.

"I would like to remind everyone that horses must not be moved in NSW until further notice."

Reports from Queensland today indicated that three horses at the FEI World Cup qualifier at Warwick were showing symptoms of equine flu. The event has been shut down and strict quarantine controls are in place for horses, people and vehicles. Test results are expected later tonight.

A 72-hour nationwide ban on horse movements began at 1pm today. In Queensland, breaches of the ban can be penalised by fines of up to $150,000 or two years imprisonment.

 

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