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Queensland worried about flu as festive season nears

December 17, 2007

Monitoring of horse movements through Queensland's red and amber zones will be boosted in the lead-up to the festive season.

Biosecurity Queensland is ramping up monitoring of horse movements throughout both zones to ensure horse owners don't let down their guard as it gets closer to the festive season.

Major changes to zoning and movement conditions for equine influenza were announced 11 days ago, which meant considerable changes affecting many South East Queensland districts.

Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Ron Glanville there are still strict conditions in place for all zones, particularly the red zone, where people still need a permit if they're going to move their horse.

"After the tremendous effort to date, it's really important that everyone maintains good biosecurity practices, such as decontaminating before entering and leaving properties that have horses, and that they adhere to the movement restrictions applicable to their zone," he said.

"Over the next couple of weeks and during the festive season, our Biosecurity Queensland staff will be working with Queensland Transport to conduct surveillance of horse movements to ensure people are sticking to the movement conditions at this critical stage of the eradication programme."



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