The 2007 Equine Influenza Outbreak

  • 98 pages

  • Published: 13 Mar 2013

  • Author(s): Dhand, Navneet , Ward, Michael , Toribio, Jenny-Ann , Firestone, Simon , Schemann, Kathrin , Moloney, Barbara , Kung, Nina

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This report presents the results of several studies undertaken to investigate the spread of the 2007 equine influenza virus in Australia. In particular, the report discusses the role of biosecurity, wind, humidity and other risk factors in preventing or facilitating the spread of virus onto horse premises and the relative contribution of the movements of infected horses and local spatial spread during the early phases of the outbreak.  In addition, the report evaluates horse owners’ perceptions of the effectiveness of biosecurity and about the management of the outbreak.
The findings of this project will be useful for animal health authorities, animal scientists, extension agencies, veterinarians, and horse owners/ managers.