Be vigilant, not paranoid

1 JANUARY 2003

Charles Sturt University senior lecturer in equine medicine, Dr Sharanne Raidal stresses the need for all horse owners to remain vigilant for any signs of equine influenza in their animals, but not to be paranoid about their health.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) senior lecturer in equine medicine, Dr Sharanne Raidal stresses the need for all horse owners to remain vigilant for any signs of equine influenza in their animals, but not to be paranoid about their health.
 
“There hasn’t previously been a need to vaccinate, as the best protection so far has been keeping the virus out of Australia. The first priority now is to ensure eradication of the virus and this is best achieved by strict compliance with NSW Department of Primary Industry instructions,” Dr Raidal said.
 
“We must maintain the lock-down on horse movements imposed by the Federal and State governments, to allow the disease to run its course in infected animals and prevent further cases. In this way we will hopefully eradicate this highly infectious disease.
 
“The potential role of people and equipment in transmitting this virus cannot be overemphasised, and is readily prevented by careful attention to hygiene.
 
“If your horse develops a hacking cough, runny nose, fever and listlessness, call 1800 675 888 immediately,” Dr Raidal said.
 
For details on equine influenza, see the NSW Department on Primary Industry website.
 
For interviews and pictures with Dr Raidal on the University's Wagga Wagga Campus, contact CSU Media.

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