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Equine Influenza - Consultation On Draft Import Health Standard

Equine Influenza - Consultation On Draft Import Health Standard

The import health standard for horses from Australia was revoked due to the Equine Influenza outbreak in August 2007.

New conditions have been drafted which are similar to requirements when importing from other countries that have Equine Influenza. Conditions include vaccination, 21 days pre export quarantine, 14 days post arrival quarantine and pre and post arrival PCR testing. To date, Australia has had no new cases of Equine Influenza since December 07. Assuming eradication is achieved the import health standard will be redrafted with reduced importation measures.

The draft import health standard can be found at:

Comments on this draft document are required to be forwarded to MAF by close of business on 10 March 2008. Depending on the outcomes of consultation, it is anticipated that the new requirements will be in place by 21 March 2008. MAF encourages respondents to forward comments electronically to the email address below.

However, for written submissions:
Rachelle Linwood
Import Standards Group
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
PO Box 2526
New Zealand
Fax: 64 4 819 0662
Email: rachelle.linwood@maf.govt.nz



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