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Bioniche Responds to Australian Equine Influenza Outbreak
Date:9/6/2007

- Equimune(R) IV product a proven treatment -

BELLEVILLE, ON, Sept. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: BNC), a research-based, technology-driven Canadian biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it has increased its supply of Equimune(R)IV to Australia in order to be able to respond to anticipated increased demand as a result of that continent's equine influenza outbreak. The outbreak began in August, and according to one media report, a total of 3,376 horses on 405 properties are now suspected of having the virus.

"Bioniche wants to ensure that sufficient supply of Equimune IV is available to Australian veterinarians," said Jim Phillips, President of Bioniche Animal Health (global). "At the same time, we are ensuring that veterinarians have the information they require about our proprietary immunotherapy product and its efficacy in the treatment of equine influenza."

Equine influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes flu like symptoms in horses and is from the group of viruses that causes flu in humans. Most horses exposed to the virus will show signs within a period of 1-5 days. Most viruses that are responsible for coughs and colds in horses result in mild symptoms, such as nasal discharge and coughing. Equine Influenza produces more severe symptoms, with horses developing a fever and a dry hacking cough. Horses become ill and are reluctant to eat or drink for several days, but usually recover in 2 to 3 weeks. The virus can be spread easily from horse to horse as a result of droplets and also from nasal discharge and from things like infected brushes and rugs. The disease is very contagious and there can be an almost 100% infection rate in a population that has been previously unexposed to the virus.

Australia and New Zealand are the only countries with significant equine industries that have been previously free from equine influenza. Horses in Australia are not vaccinated. Th
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