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Race horses in Sydney affected by flu outbreak, meet to be postponed

Race horses in Sydney affected by flu outbreak, meet to be postponed

One of Australia's biggest race meets _ the Sydney spring carnival _ will not go ahead after eight of 10 horses from a Randwick stable tested positive Thursday for equine influenza.
Ian Macdonald, the primary industries minister for New South Wales state, said the Sydney race meet would have to be put off or canceled and that the quarantine would extend for 30 days from the last case of equine flu.
Several hundred recreational horses in dozens of locations throughout New South Wales and Queensland states have been struck down by Australia's first outbreak of the flu, a respiratory disease which affects a horse for two to three weeks with a fever, hacking cough, nasal discharge and tiredness.
Racing New South Wales chief executive Peter V'Landys said the industry was in "turmoil."
"It is more than a disaster, it is a grim, black day," V'Landys said Thursday.


Updated : 2021-02-27 06:45 GMT+08:00