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150,000 vials of EI vaccination to be imported

150,000 vials of equine influenza vaccine are now going to be imported from France to systematically vaccinate the thoroughbred and sport horse populations of NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'Landys said that he considered that there will 'enough vaccine to go around' between the individual states and their respective demands.

Initially 1000 vials of vaccine will be used on horses likely to race in the 2007 Victorian Spring Racing Carnival before vaccination is used in the wider horse population.

In NSW it is expected that Rosehill, Gosford and Kembla Grange horses will be vaccinated as soon as possible after the first delivery of vials is received on Thursday.

NSW Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald said the two states would receive 9,500 vials of the vaccine each.

The minister said the initial shipment of 20,000 vials would be followed by another 30,000 with a further 100,000 vials in the coming weeks.

"This is a floodlight at the end of a very long tunnel," said V'Landys.

Sydney's Warwick Farm, which received the virus last week with the first two cases confirmed late on Friday, is likely to have all its thoroughbred horse population infected by the end of the week.

The stables of Woodlands Stud have 30 horses with signs of the virus with trainer John Hawkes considering that the entire stable will contact the virus

- Rob Burnet, Thoroughbred News


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