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Horse euthanised after Queensland records first case of Hendra virus in five years

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The lethal Hendra virus has been detected on a Queensland horse for the primary time in 5 years. 

A Division of Agriculture and Fisheries spokesperson mentioned the virus was present in a horse on a Mackay property on Friday. 

Biosecurity Chief Veterinary officer Allison Criminal mentioned the horse’s situation deteriorated quickly, with the animal having to be euthanased.

It’s understood the horse had not been vaccinated in opposition to the virus.

“Tracing and threat assessments have been undertaken on different animals on the property,” Dr Criminal mentioned.

“We’re additionally working with Queensland Well being’s Public Well being specialists to find out if any people had contact with the contaminated horse and stand prepared to offer any help, counselling, info, testing or therapy which may be required.”

Dr Criminal mentioned the Hendra virus an infection may happen all year long and for house owners to contact their veterinarian instantly if their horse turned sick.

Biosecurity Queensland’s Fiona Thompson mentioned there have been usually two sorts of syndromes of the virus.

Ms Thompson suggested house owners to get their horses vaccinated and to restrict their contact with flying foxes. 

She mentioned this might contain masking water containers and feeding them undercover.

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