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Uncertainty remains over horse deaths

Uncertainty remains over horse deaths

Agriculture Victoria investigations into 13 sudden horse deaths since the start of July have found no common links to date between the five affected properties and no evidence of infectious disease.
At this point, Agriculture Victoria has only found normal causes of death. Victoria’s chief veterinary officer Dr Graeme Cooke today thanked horse owners and veterinarians for providing information and samples, helping to build the bigger picture.
“Action was taken on Saturday, July 15, as soon as we were notified of the multiple sudden horse deaths – we’ve been working with private veterinarians and experts to understand the causes of those deaths, and alerting horse owners and the public via a media release, website update, social media and industry updates,” Dr Cooke said.
 “Our investigation has identified no immediate common link between these incidents, and no evidence of an infectious cause, so there’s no need to restrict horse movements or horse events. We’re continuing to attend properties, work with owners, vets and experts, test samples and look into all reports of horse deaths made to our hotline. The best chance of getting some answers requires early notification and extensive sample collection for any new cases.