Two More Cases of Hendra Virus Reported

Biosecurity Queensland received test results July 24 that indicated another two horses have tested positive for Hendra virus. Both of these horses are from known infected properties.

The results follow a post-mortem on a companion horse that died at Proserpine last week, as well as an additional horse at a Redlands vet clinic that became sick. (See "Two Vet Clinic Workers Positive for Hendra Virus" for more information.)

This takes the number of horses known to be infected with the rare virus since July to seven, with two known cases at Proserpine (Cannonvale) and five at Redlands.

Ron Glanville, BSc, BVSc, MVS, chief veterinary officer for Biosecurity Queensland, said the new results, are not unexpected.

"We know Hendra virus can spread through the close contact of infected horses, so it is not a surprise that another two animals that had close contact with the previous cases have also now contracted the disease," Glanville said.

The horse at the Redlands clinic was euthanized, bringing the number of horses dead as a result of Hendra in July to six.

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