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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Equine Influenza hits Oz ...

Tough news day in Australia, as the AFL scandal brews and horse racing is totally halted.

News reports from the Australian wire services estimate a $1 billion dollar loss in the total shutdown of nearly all the horse racing in NSW, Australia. The cause is a severe influenza virus that has halted racing in New South Wales and is restricting any movement of horses in all of Australia. Thirty of the top stallions were quarantined as the virus they are detecting was a virus originating in Japan.

In 1995, authorities in Australia were baffled by a rare virus which originated with the horses but killed two men.

The AFL and courts in Melbourne are still sorting out court orders trying to curb news reporting and public awareness of documents that contained medical and drug records for a top AFL team.

The Melbourne Herald Sun is reporting that the newspaper has filed to lift the court order. Ch 7 Australia obtained the records after a woman offered the papers for sale, claiming she found them outside an area clinic.

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