Equine Herpes Outbreak Contained in New Zealand


New Zealand’s first confirmed outbreak of the deadly neurological form of the equine herpes virus appears to have been contained.

Confirmation that six of the 12 detected cases on an unidentified thoroughbred stud in the Waikato region have proven fatal had been red-flagged by authorities, headed by the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Equine Health Association.

“As soon as certain symptoms became evident, quarantine measures were put in place,” EHA chairman Dr Ivan Bridge told www.theinformant.co.nz. “The situation will continue to be monitored and at this stage the EHA and MPI are satisfied that it’s under control, with no evidence of it having spread elsewhere.”

Source: ANZ Bloodstock News, 6 February 2014

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