Horsetalk.co.nz - Full Article
September 20, 2008
The Australia Horse Industry Council (AHIC) says it does not support ongoing vaccination against equine flu - a position it will take into next week's summit to discuss strategies to manage the risk of future outbreaks.
Its position will pit it against racing interests which have expressed a desire for an ongoing vaccination programme.
"To continue to vaccinate against EI, when it currently does not exist in Australia, can compromise future efforts to eradicate the disease, should it enter Australia," said AHIC president Dr Barry Smyth.
He said the AHIC did not support ongoing vaccination against EI for "certain sectors of the horse industry".