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Overseas outbreak of foot and mouth disease

Biosecurity New Zealand is closely monitoring the foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Malaysia, China and Indonesia. Although there is a low risk of FMD entering New Zealand, it is important to follow all biosecurity rules to keep our country safe.

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Increase in cases of Canine Cough in New Zealand (May 2022)

We have been informed that veterinarians are seeing an increase in cases of canine cough in dogs in certain parts of New Zealand. There is no evidence to suggest that this is in any way related to Covid-19 and it is not a zoonotic disease (it is not transmitted from animals to humans)

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Canine cough update

Over the last two weeks, we have been made aware of increased case numbers of canine cough in parts of the country. Reports have also detailed that a number of these cases have developed an acute bronchopneumonia.

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Lack of access to MIQ endangers vets and animals

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is calling on the Government to take action when it comes to prioritising access to MIQ spaces.

After sustained but unsuccessful lobbying to achieve a commitment from the Minister for COVID-19 Response to allocate at least two rooms per week for vets entering the country, NZVA is concerned that lack of action is jeopardising the well-being of vets and the animals they look after.

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Veterinary Association echoes concerns about feral cats used for rabbit control

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) has added its voice to the concerns already expressed by the Central Otago community and Predator Free NZ about feral cats being released onto rural properties in an attempt to manage rabbit and rodent populations.

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