New Hendra virus case confirmed in Gladstone area
Jul 19, 2014, 10:00 am
This article has been taken from the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Biosecurity Queensland has quarantined a property in the Gladstone area after a deceased horse tested positive for Hendra virus infection.
Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Allison Crook said the horse had been unwell for a number of days and was found dead on Thursday.
“The positive test result was received last night,” Dr Crook said.
“Tracing and exposure assessments are being undertaken on other horses that may have had contact with the infected horse to work out if further testing needs to be done.
"The property has been quarantined which means restrictions apply to moving horses and horse materials on and off the property. The quarantine will be in place for at least one month.”
Queensland Health is following up all human contacts. At this stage it appears no one is at serious risk.
Dr Crook said this was the third case of Hendra virus in Queensland this year.
"Hendra virus infection can occur throughout the year, so it’s important that horse owners take steps to protect themselves and their animals at all times,” she said.
"The affected horse had not been vaccinated. Vaccination is the single most effective way of reducing the risk of Hendra virus infection in horses. It is recommended that horse owners speak to their veterinarian about vaccinating their horses.
"If a horse becomes sick, owners should contact their veterinarian immediately. People in contact with horses need to remember to continue to practice good biosecurity and personal hygiene measures even if a horse is vaccinated against Hendra virus.”
For more information on prevention of Hendra virus or biosecurity steps in an incident, visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23. For information on the vaccine, visit www.health4horses.com.au.