The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has completed an import risk analysis (IRA) in 2000 covering the disease risks associated with importation of horses and horse semen into New Zealand. This IRA suggested risk management measures for the development of an Import Health Standard (IHS) for the importation of live horses and their semen. In developing an updated IHS in 2019, an updated import risk analysis was requested in regard to two viral diseases previously assessed as risks in the live equids commodity, equine infectious anaemia (EIA) and equine viral arteritis (EVA). The scope of the analysis is limited to live equids from Australia.
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