Equine influenza (EI) is an infectious respiratory disease of horses that has never been
reported in New Zealand (NZ). However, the 2007 EI outbreak in Australia, previously EI
free, spurred the NZ government and stakeholders into evaluating alternative EI control
strategies in order to economically justify any future decision to eradicate or manage EI. To build on the policy debate, this paper presents an epinomic (epidemiologic and economic) modelling approach to evaluate alternative control strategies. An epidemiologic model to determine how alternative EI control strategies influence the distribution of EI. Model results were then input into a cost-benefit analysis framework, to identify the return and feasibility of alternative EI eradication strategies in NZ.
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