Positive Hendra virus case near Beaudesert – information for horse industry

News release from Department of Primary Industries Queensland | 29 June,

On Tuesday 28 June 2011, samples from a horse were tested and found to be
positive for Hendra virus. The horse was from a property in the Beaudesert
area. The horse was reported as becoming suddenly ill and a private vet
visited on Saturday 25 June 2011. The horse was depressed, with hind limb
incoordination, fever, respiratory distress and congested mucous membranes.
The horse died the following day. Biosecurity Queensland has quarantined two properties in the Beaudesert area
and is working with affected horse and property owners in conjunction with
other government agencies. Restrictions are in place on the quarantined
properties and apply to the movement of horses and other items onto and off
the properties. No other movement restrictions for Hendra virus are in place
for horses in Queensland. The movement of people onto and off the quarantined properties is not
restricted, however good biosecurity practices should continue to be
observed. Hendra virus is not related to Equine Influenza virus. Hendra virus is not
considered to be highly contagious between horses. A community engagement program has commenced including the relocation of the
DEEDI mobile office to Beaudesert. More information about Hendra virus is
available at http://www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or by following Biosecurity
Queensland on Facebook and Twitter. Horse owners are urged to review their biosecurity procedures and contact
their veterinarian if they suspect Hendra virus. Horse event organisers are
encouraged to review their biosecurity plans.
More information
Notify suspected Hendra virus cases by contacting Biosecurity Queensland on
13 25 23 (during business hours) or the Emergency Animal Disease Watch
Hotline on 1800 675 888 (24-hour hotline). More information is available at
www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au Contact your GP, local Emergency Department or local Public Health Unit if
you have concerns about possible exposure of people to a horse with Hendra
virus infection. General enquiries about Hendra virus infection in humans
may be directed to the Queensland

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Warm sunny day for winter, so the horses had a naked day without rugs

Left home a bit early today so I could take rugs off the horses. Don’t think I got too many hairs on my office clothes. Putting them back on that night was a bit trickier as it was dark already. And of course one of the horses had no interest in the scary rug monster heading towards him even though it was also carrying food. I was less impressed than he was.
Regards Walter
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