Category Archives: Hendra virus

Queensland authorities continue to monitor property at centre of Hendra outbreak

ABC News | Qld Country Hour Craig Zonca 27 July 2015

Queensland biosecurity authorities continue to monitor a far north Queensland property where an unvaccinated horse contracted the Hendra virus.  Despite acknowledging criticism of the vaccine and the adverse reactions some people had reported in their horses, Queensland’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Alison Crook said she was convinced of its safety.  The current permit for the Hendra vaccine, which includes instruction for a six-monthly booster, expires on August 4.

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Research finds urine from black flying foxes poses biggest Hendra virus risk to horses, following confirmed Hendra case in far north Queensland

ABC News | ABC Rural Marty McCarthy, Eliza Rogers 27 July 2015

One of Australia’s leading bat researchers says scientists are closer to understanding how the deadly Hendra virus spreads to horses.  Dr Hume Field said a recent study of 3,000 bats from Charters Towers in north Queensland, to Sydney in New South Wales, indicated urine was the most likely link.

Dr Hume said researchers had also identified which species of flying fox were more likely to pass on the disease.

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Over 300 wildlife disease experts gather on the Sunshine Coast

Brisbane Times Amy Mitchell-Whittington 27 July 2015

More than 300 of the world’s greatest wildlife disease experts have descended on the Sunshine Coast to share their leading research in wildlife health.  One Health is the main theme underlying the conference, with the focus on how disease impacts different wildlife, eco-systems and humans.

“We have got a number of talks looking at how Hendra virus spills over from bats to horses to people,” Dr Portas said.

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Vets at risk of virus

Townsville Bulletin Harry Clarke 27 July 2015

VETS who responded to the death of a horse from Hendra virus on the Atherton Tableland say practitioners are being endangered by owners failing to have their animals vaccinated.  Dr Frank Condon from the Tablelands Veterinary Service said while all precautions were taken last week and the owners of the horse “did nothing wrong”, there was a general complacency among some owners which was putting human lives at risk.

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Hendra: Quarantine after horse dies from Hendra virus on Queensland property Janelle Miles, Rose Brennan  July 24, 2015

A FAR north Queensland property is in quarantine after tests confirmed a horse that died earlier this week had the Hendra virus.
Queensland chief veterinary officer Allison Crook said other horses on the Atherton Tablelands property would be monitored for the deadly virus which has infected seven people since it was first discovered in 1994.

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Horse vaccinations drop in Hendra hot spot

ABC Rural News Kim Honan 9 July 2015

The number of horses vaccinated against the Hendra virus in the Macleay Valley in New South Wales has fallen since the region’s last outbreak two years ago.
The bat-borne virus was responsible for the death of four horses on the state’s mid-north coast over a six week period in June and July of 2013.
Two horses in the Macleay Valley died with another two dead on properties further north in the neighbouring Nambucca Valley.
A dog on a property west of Macksville also tested positive to Hendra, the first canine to do so in NSW, and was euthanased.
Local veterinarians, including Macleay Valley Veterinary Services in Kempsey, were inundated with vaccination requests from local horse owners.
But now Dr Andrew Bennett has calculated the rate of revaccination at his clinic at 60 per cent.

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Drug company denies claims of stifling criticism as deadline looms for Hendra vaccine permit

ABC News 3 July 2015

Horse owners and vets are demanding the manufacturer of the Hendra vaccine release more information about the drug’s safety record, amidst claims the company is trying to stifle criticism.

The company, Zoetis, has strongly denied the claims and urged horse owners to stop speculating about the safety behind the drug, which was developed by an award-winning CSIRO research team.