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New Hendra virus case confirmed in the Beenleigh area

Biosecurity Queensland is managing a new Hendra virus case in the Beenleigh area after a positive test result was received late last night.

Queensland Acting Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Allison Crook said one horse had been euthanased on the property after becoming unwell over the weekend.

“There are two other horses on the property. Tracing and risk assessments are being undertaken on any animals that may have had contact with the infected horse to work out if further testing needs to be done,” Dr Crook said.

“We will contact other properties that we believe may have had contact with the infected animal.

"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's Public Health experts are assessing the situation today to determine if any humans had contact with the infected horse, and stands ready to provide any assistance, counselling, information, testing or treatment that may be required.

Dr Crook said this was the second 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. Click here for information on the vaccine.