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Millions of mice have been creating [hammock / havoc] in Australia. The state of New South Wales is suffering from its [bad / worst] mouse plague in decades. The mouse population started [growing / grown] on farms in spring last year because of a [bump / bumper] wheat harvest. The rodents have been causing farmers a major [backache / headache] for over a year. The plague has now caused problems for a prison. The Wellington Correctional Centre, about 350km west of Sydney, has been forced to [excavate / evacuate] . Up to 200 staff and 420 prisoners have been transferred to [other / another] jails in the region because of health and [safe / safety] reasons. It will take 10 days for the prison to be [cleanse / cleaned] and for repairs to electric cables and woodwork to be carried [in / out] .

Mice have been causing damage to buildings [thoroughly / throughout] the region. Their droppings have become a [health / healthy] hazard that has cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to clean [down / up] . In addition, they have chewed through electrical [wring / wiring] , which has become a danger [to / at] property and human life. Prisons spokesperson Peter Severin spoke about the cleaning and [prepare / repair] operations at Wellington. He said: "The health, safety and wellbeing of staff and inmates is our [numeral / number] one priority, so it's important for us to act now to carry out the [virtual / vital] repair work....We need to take this step now to [sure / ensure] the site is thoroughly cleaned and infrastructure is repaired." Staff will also look at ways [to / for] protect against plagues in the future.

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