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Horses isolated in Singapore over respiratory disease

September 24, 2007

Singapore authorities have ordered the isolation of five horses suffering from a respiratory disease.

The state's Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has stopped the movement of horses out of the Singapore polo club while it is investigating the infection.

Singapore's turf club will conduct racing as usual, but is restricting contact with horses and access to areas like the horse-walk, parade ring and winning enclosure.

The sick horses will be tested for equine influenza, currently the subject of a major biosecurity operation in Australia, where an outbreak began a month ago.

Singapore is free of equine influenza, with more than a thousand animals required to be inoculated against the disease.



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