Equine Influenza Outbreak
On 14th March 2008 the State Departments of Primary Industries
in New South Wales and Queensland removed all horse movements restrictions
in place since the original outbreak on the 25th August 2007. No new infections
have been identified since 21st December 2007. Australia is expected to
be declared free of Equine Influenza in July 2008. The only remaining
legal requirments for horse owners is to register all horse movements
on the DPI web site and to immediately report to the DPI any suspected
new cases of Equine Influenza.
What is equine influenza?
Equine influenza (EI) is an acute, highly contagious,
viral disease which can cause rapidly spreading outbreaks of respiratory
disease in horses and other equine species. EI is exotic to Australia
and would have a major impact on the Australian horse industry if it were
to become established here. Humans do not
get infected with equine influenza. However, humans can physically carry
the virus on their skin, hair, clothing and shoes, and can therefore transfer
the virus to other horses. It is vital that you shower
and wash carefully, wash your hair and put on a completely fresh set of
clothes (including shoes) after contact with any horses (including your
own horses). The virus can also be physically carried on equipment and
How is our business affected?
Our Escorted Beach Trail Rides, Stay & Ride Holidays, and Holidays
With Your Own Horse, are now all available.
How are our customers affected?
No special procedures are in place at this time.