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Endurance horses head home after equine flu lockdown

August 31, 2007

Equine flu Q & A

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has released 87 horses from the Shahzada endurance ride north of Wiseman's ferry on the Hawkesbury River.

Special permits allowing the owners to return their horses directly home and then place them in lockdown were granted early this morning.

A detailed veterinary risk assessment was conducted on the St Albans horses which have been isolated in a very remote area since coming to attend the ride more than a week ago.

The horses have been monitored twice daily over the last seven days and shown no signs equine influenza.

The interstate horse owners must also get approval and a permit from the Chief Veterinarian in their home State to cross the NSW border.

More than 200 people were stuck at the site. They have disinfected their equipment and vehicles as a precautionary measure and are now able to head towards home.



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