- Horses do not become infected with FMD
- Horses could only be responsible for transmitting FMD if they originated from infected premises and infectious material was carried physically on the outside of their bodies or on their equipment.
- The FMD virus is easily killed by disinfectants.
- FMD is present in 55 countries throughout the world.
- Horses, unlike people, have never been incriminated in the spread of FMD.
- Horses imported to New Zealand serve either two or three weeks in pre-export quarantine during which time their movements and access of personnel are both strictly controlled.
- After arrival in New Zealand horses spend two weeks in quarantine during which time they are confined to a quarantine station where personnel access is extremely limited, strict disinfection procedures are practised and all waste is disposed of in an approved manner.
- Movement of horses from infected premises is not allowed.
- Current quarantine protocols are designed to and do successfully prevent the introduction of debilitating viral diseases to the New Zealand horse population.
There is a negligible chance that a horse imported to Australia or New Zealand could introduce FMD to the livestock population. Susceptible animals and their products, and also people, are the scientifically accepted ways that FMD has been transmitted between susceptible livestock groups. Horses have never been implicated in the transmission of FMD.