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New Hendra Virus Death In Queensland

Thursday, 13th October 2011

In Queensland, a “sick horse on a property north of Brisbane has been euthanased after testing positive to Hendra virus” reported The Sydney Morning Herald. Queensland chief veterinary officer Rick Symons confirmed the horse had “become sick at Beachmere, near Caboolture, over the weekend & was treated by a private veterinarian”. Samples were taken for Hendra virus testing & the “positive result came back late yesterday”. Symons noted: “Another horse was euthanased at this property over a week ago. Biosecurity Queensland is seeking samples from that horse as well to test for Hendra virus.” There are 2 remaining horses on the property & Biosecurity Queensland “is in the process of quarantining the property & will assess & monitor the other horses at this location over the next month”. Queensland's chief health officer Jeannette Young said public health experts would “visit the property today to assess the situation & determine how many humans, if any, had contact with the infected horse. Queensland Health staff will continue to undertake contact tracing work to ensure all people potentially exposed to the sick horse have been identified.” Dr Young also confirmed follow-up results were “negative for all 66 people being monitored from previous Hendra virus cases this year” in Queensland.

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