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Experts say tests confirm: no equine influenza at quarantine station.



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The Hon. Tony Burke MP Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Experts say tests confirm: no equine influenza at quarantine station

26 September 2008 DAFF08/130B

Experts have tonight advised there is no equine influenza present in any of the 74 horses at the Eastern Creek Quarantine Station, based on final test results.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke welcomed the news and said it was expected the horses could now be released.

The final test result tonight was on blood samples taken previously from all the horses, including the horse which provided a positive result for equine influenza on its fifth mandatory quarantine nasal swab test.

“All the tests for equine influenza at the quarantine station have now concluded and the advice is that all horses from Eastern Creek are free of equine influenza,” Mr Burke said.

“While those involved in quarantine must always remain vigilant, those who love the races can now get on with enjoying the Spring Racing Carnival.

“Since the horse flu outbreak last year we made it clear we require close monitoring and strict enforcement of quarantine procedures - and that is unchanged.”