Dear Members,

In February 2014, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of the Republic of Singapore published new rules pertaining to Hendra Virus, which will now permit the import of horses from Australia which have been vaccinated with the Hendra HeV vaccine.

Both Hong Kong and Singapore are now allowing the importation of HeV vaccinated horses, whilst China, Indonesia, Macau and the United Arab Emirates are not permitting HeV-vaccinated horses.

The European Union, United States, Japan and South Africa do not test for antibodies to Hendra Virus and therefore are able to accept vaccinated horses.

TBA believes it is up to each individual breeder whether to vaccinate their horses against Hendra Virus.

Chauncey Morris
CEO, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia

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