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Equine flu not killing foals as first feared

September 15, 2007

The strain of equine influenza hitting Australia is not causing a high mortality rate among foals, as some feared.

Outbreaks of different strains in other countries have seen a foal mortality rate of up to 40%, but Australian breeders are reporting no foal deaths at this stage.

The breeding heartland of Australia, the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, is one of the worst affected areas in the outbreak.

The area is locked down and the dense horse population has meant the virus has spread rapidly.



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