Category Archives: Hendra virus

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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‘Laboratory Biorisk Management’ details safety, security methods for biosciences sites

(DOE/Sandia National Laboratories 25 August 2015) Sandia National Laboratories announces a new book, titled ‘Laboratory Biorisk Management.’ It’s the first full-length manuscript detailing the implementation of biorisk management principles to improve the safety and security of biosciences labs.

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Hendra virus vaccine: CSIRO scientist recommends fewer injections; owners say vaccine killed healthy horses

ABC News 24 August 2015

The CSIRO scientist who developed the Hendra virus vaccine is recommending fewer injections be given to horses to protect against the deadly illness.

Currently boosters have to be given every six months and horse owners have told the ABC they fear their horses are becoming ill and in several cases dying as result of “over-vaccination”.

Hendra virus vaccine for horses approved despite possible deaths

Brisbane Times Jorge Branco August 5, 2015

A national regulator has approved a vaccine to treat Hendra virus – a virus potentially deadly to both horses and humans – despite possible links to horse deaths.
The Hendra virus vaccine for horses was registered with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority on Tuesday.
The registration came after ABC Rural earlier this year reported concerns over alleged side effects including death.

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ABC Rural Marty McCarthy 5 August 2015: