another hendra positive

Sugar's Mum

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New Hendra outbreak in central Qld
15:37 AEST Thu Jun 28 2012
taken from Nine msn

A new Hendra virus case has been confirmed in central Queensland after a positive test result was received on Wednesday night.

Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Rick Symons says a property manager near Mackay contacted a vet after discovering a horse was gravely ill on Tuesday.

The horse was euthanased after the vet took samples, he says.

"There are a number of other animals including horses on the property and on adjoining properties," Dr Symons said.

"Tracing is a priority to determine what contact the infected horse had with other animals on all properties."

Queensland Health says only one person had contact with the infected horse and this was assessed as "low-level".

The person wore personal protective equipment and took other appropriate precautions, a statement said.

Hendra is usually deadly to humans but transmission of the virus requires close contact with the body fluids of an infected horse.

Tracing work to ensure all people potentially exposed to the infected horse are identified will continue, and the property will be quarantined for a month.

It's the fourth Hendra virus incident in Queensland this year.

Previous incidents include one in Townsville in January and two in May - one in Ingham and one in Rockhampton, Dr Symons says.

"Testing is continuing on both the Ingham and Rockhampton properties which are still under quarantine," he said.

Horse owners are advised to contact vets immediately if horses get sick in the cooler months.
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