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No 'Over the Fence' Spread of M. Bovis, Says MPI

21 January 2019

NEW ZEALAND - The Ministry for Primary Industries says there have been no cases of "over the fence spread" of Mycoplasma bovis, as three more farms are confirmed as infected with the cattle disease.

The three new properties were beef farms in the Far North and South Canterbury and a dairy farm in Otago.

The Far North farm was only the second case confirmed in Northland. MPI said the farms were linked to other infected farms and their infection status was not unexpected.

Five previously-infected farms, four in Canterbury and one in Tasman, were declared free of contamination, after being destocked, fallowed and cleaned.

Late last year Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the Government was confident it could eradicate bovis from New Zealand, which would make it the first country to do so.

An MPI spokesperson said its movement controls had been extremely effective at containing the disease and there had been no cases of "over the fence spread" in New Zealand.

"Any farm connected to an infected property is tested to ensure we catch all remnants of the disease."

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