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Qld Owners Praise Hendra-Biosecurity Workshop

Friday, 23rd October 2009

Queensland Racehorse Owners’ Association president Simon Quinn hailed the recent biosecurity workshop on Hendra, Nipah & Ebola-Reston viruses held at the Sunshine Coast as “a very positive development in raising the profile of Australian research into Hendra Virus”. Quinn emphasised: “This international workshop was supported & attended by the World Health Organisation, the World Animal Health Organisation, Food & Agriculture Organisation and the Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre, and it is important to recognise the vital role Queensland Government & Queensland researchers are playing in this partnership.” Quinn noted comparisons were being made between Hendra Virus & Nipah Virus (which has been responsible for many deaths, principally in Malaysia & Bangladesh) adding: “To understand more about Hendra Virus & how to combat it, we must look to similar experiences in other countries with Nipah Virus & the Queensland scientists are to be congratulated in bringing together such an esteemed group of experts.” Quinn also applauded the initiative of the Queensland Horse Council, which is launching a fund raising programme to support the work of Veterinary Pathology Specialist Dr Deborah Middleton & Dr Linfa Wang, the Senior Principal Research Scientist at the CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Victoria. Quinn said: “This research is aimed at developing a vaccine for Hendra Virus. And we call on governments, both State & Federal, to continue to support our researchers in this vital work.”

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