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Australia doubles budget for flu containment

November 24, 2007

Australia's National Management Group, the key decision-making body regarding overall strategy for fighting equine flu, has doubled the upper limit for the eradication campaign to $A72 million.

The body has also re-confirmed the strategy of containment and eradication.

The overall national eradication cost has already reached the previously agreed $36 million review point.

However, the NMG agreed to continue the response to the $A72 million mark.

Containment efforts in New South Wales and Queensland have resulted in the disease being ringfenced by buffer zones. A strategic vaccination programme has helped to strengthen the buffer zones.

Horse industries are hoping for a progressive return to normal activities from early next year, but it is unlikely to be until mid-year that the disease is eradicated.



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