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More Positive Hendra Tests In Qld Outbreak

Wednesday, 6th June 2012

Another 2 horses on a central Queensland property "affected by the state's latest Hendra virus outbreaks have returned positive test results" reported abc.net.au. Biosecurity Queensland "is dealing with outbreaks on a property near Rockhampton & another at Ingham in the state's north". One horse had already died on each of the properties late last month. The Queensland Government yesterday announced 2 more horses "have tested positive at Rockhampton" while a dog on the Ingham property "returned a weak positive result & the animal will be retested". Queensland Agriculture Minister John McVeigh told Parliament: "While laboratory research has been conducted on dogs, there has only been one other recorded case of a dog being infected with Hendra virus." Queensland's chief veterinary officer Dr Rick Symonds says the virus was "detected in the dog's faeces, which means it may have passed through the animal with or without causing infection". Dr Symonds noted: "If the dog has become infected, we'd expect the anti-bodies would be built up to that virus & we'll be ale to detect that in blood samples." Minister McVeigh said since the start of 2011 there have been 13 Hendra virus incidents in Queensland (resulting in the deaths or euthanasia of 16 horses & 1 dog) & emphasised: "I cannot stress enough that horse owners need to remain vigilant." The latest animals "have been isolated & the properties remain quarantined".

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