Townsville Bulletin Matthew Dunn 11 December 2013
AS Charters Towers Regional Council use everything in their arsenal for the next week to ensure they are victorious in their war against roosting bats, wildlife carers warn that scaring the mammals is not a long-term fix.
Mayor Frank Beveridge said council was forced to call in two helicopters, smoke machines, paintball guns, lawnmowers and fireworks after other measures failed to frighten away the colony of black and red flying foxes in Lissner Park.
ABC News Melissa Maddison 9 December 2013
A north Queensland veterinary clinic says its staff will no longer be treating sick horses that are not protected against hendra virus. Dr Mark Williams from the Orchid Valley Clinic in Proserpine says the vaccine has been available for 12 months and horse owners should be taking responsibility for their health.
news.com.au 3 December 2013
THE State Government will allow councils to shoot flying foxes in suburbs, prompting a scientist to label the move ignorant and potentially dangerous.
Previously only farmers had been allowed lethal mitigation permits.
BBC News Rebecca Morelle 19 November 2013
Bats harbour more deadly viruses than was previously thought, scientists say.
Researchers have found that henipaviruses, which spread to other animals and humans, and a disease that is similar to rabies are widespread in a species of fruit bat found in Africa.
The Courier Mail Janelle Miles 31 October 2013
QUEENSLAND Health is preparing to launch a world-first human trial to test the safety of a highly experimental antibody therapy for people exposed to the Hendra virus.
Although the therapy has already been given to five people, including four Queenslanders and an American laboratory worker, it has never been rigorously tested under trial conditions in humans.
But Queensland Health, in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health in the US and the NSW Government, will today announce a collaboration to conduct a human trial under strict protocols.
Brisbane Times article
The Courier Mail Sarah Vogler, Brian Williams October 23, 2013
Lockyer Mayor Steve Jones is spearheading the push, arguing green groups have hijacked the issue, putting emotions before the safety of communities.
“We don’t blink an eye when there’re other populations which are in too great a number. When there’s roos or rabbits, there’ll always be some mechanism to bring them back into order,” Cr Jones said.
“We understand the value of them (flying foxes). You can’t desecrate the population and make them endangered. That’s not what anyone wants to do. It’s about controlling the numbers so that the people have a go.”
The Courier Mail Rob Kidd September 13, 2013
A DEADLY disease closely related to Hendra virus with “pandemic potential” could enter Australia via fruit bats, new research has found.
The Nipah virus, which has not yet been found in Australia, has wrought havoc across Asia, killing scores of people and forcing mass culls of pigs.
An outbreak in Malaysia in 1999 caused the death of 106 people of 265 infected, and led to more than one million pigs being culled.
The killer virus could enter Australia via fruit bats flying across the Torres Strait, a study led by Dr Andrew Breed from the University of Queensland has found.
Courier mail Andrew MacDonald 8 September 2013
ALMOST 30 permits have been given to Queensland councils to disperse problem flying fox colonies.
Courier Mail 13 August 2013
RACING Queensland has announced a new Hendra vaccination program for racehorses in the state. Racing Queensland chairman Kevin Dixon says the Hendra vaccination program, which is a first for racing in Australia, will not immediately be mandatory. But he says it will become mandatory once some commercial concerns have been overcome.