Category Archives: Hendra virus

Flying foxes sending nursing home residents batty near Palmetum

Townsville Bulletin February 12, 2016

ELDERLY residents are being held hostage by a flying fox colony in a nearby park which has left them in fear of leaving their nursing home.
The colony at The Palmetum in Annandale is down to 2000 bats – compared to 12,000 in August last year – according to Townsville City Council, which will today be delivered a report on managing the city’s bat population.
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Bats driving Southport residents crazy
The Courier Mail Gold Coast Bulletin February 11, 2016

EXHAUSTED Southport residents are being kept awake every night and cleaning droppings off their lawn by an ever-growing colony of “30,000” flying foxes.
The Gold Coast City Council says it is the State Government’s problem while the State Government has directed stressed homeowners to a web page highlighting the best ways to manage the roosts by “weeding, mulching, mowing or minor tree trimming”.
The farcical situation of the city’s long-running bat saga is unfolding at Loders Creek, just metres from a nursing home, where locals say flying fox numbers have escalated from about 2500 to 30,000.
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Hendra vaccine approved for use in pregnant mares

ABC Rural Kim Honan 29 January 2016

The nation’s agvet chemical regulator has found the Hendra vaccine Equivac HeV safe for use in pregnant mares.
The approval by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has been welcomed by the vaccine’s manufacturer Zoetis.

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Queensland Parliament Speaker Peter Wellington calls for inquiry on effects of Hendra vaccine

ABC News | Qld Country Hour Marty McCarthy 18 December 2015

The speaker of the Queensland Parliament, Independent MP Peter Wellington, is calling for a State Government inquiry into adverse reactions from the Hendra vaccine.  Speaking to ABC Rural, the vocal Sunshine Coast MP said he would write to the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Friday to establish the inquiry.

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Hendra vaccine critics gain powerful supporter

ABC News |  ABC Rural Marty McCarthy, David Sparkes 18 November 2015

Horse owners concerned about the Hendra vaccine have struggled to gain support for their cause, but now they have a Queensland Government politician on their side.  Labor member for the central Queensland seat of Mirani, Jim Pearce, took up the cause three weeks ago and has since had more than 5000 messages of support.

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Member for Mirani Jim Pearce is frustrated with the stand-off between vets and horse owners dealing with potential Hendra cases
North Queensland vet Bruce Howlett says vets working with potential Hendra cases are in a stressful position

Appeal lodged against dismissal of Hendra charges against Queensland vet

ABC News | Qld Country Hour Kallee Buchanan 9 November 2015

Workplace Health and Safety has appealed the dismissal of charges against a Queensland vet accused of failing to comply with his duty of care while handling a case of Hendra virus in a horse.  Dr Luke Annetts is one of three vets who were the first charged under Section 28 of the Workplace Health and Safety Act, and was accused of putting himself or others at risk while treating a horse that was later found to carry the deadly bat-borne virus.

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Court dismisses charges against Queensland vet over handling of Hendra virus

ABC Rural Kallee Buchanan and Frances Adcock 22 October 2015

The case of a Queensland veterinarian charged over his handling of Hendra virus in a horse has been dismissed in Bundaberg.
Dr Luke Annetts was one of three vets to be among the first charged under Section 28 of the Workplace Health and Safety Act.
His charges related to failing to comply with a duty to take care of himself and others while managing horses later found to have the disease.
Magistrate Aaron Simpson dismissed the case after representatives of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) failed to attend the first hearing in Bundaberg Court this morning.

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Three Queensland vets face prosecution over how they managed Hendra cases

ABC Rural News Kallee Buchanan 25 September 2015

Three Queensland vets are being prosecuted by Workplace Health and Safety over how they handled cases of Hendra virus in horses.
Dr Luke Annetts, from Bundaberg, Dr Janine Frances Dwyer, from Carbrook, south of Brisbane, and Dr Matthew George Morahan, from the Gold Coast, are all facing charges relating to exposing themselves and, or, others to potential Hendra risks while treating horses.
They are the first vets to ever face prosecution in Queensland under Section 28 of the Workplace Health and Safety Act, which requires workers to take reasonable care of the health and safety of  themselves, and others, while carrying out their duties.

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