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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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”.
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.
ABC Rural Marty McCarthy 5 August 2015: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-05/apvma-aprroves-hendra-vaccine/6673542
ABC News Rural 4 August 2015
Australia’s agvet chemical regulator, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines authority, is finalising a decision on whether it will register the Hendra vaccine.
The vaccine has been available on a minor use permit since it was first released in late 2012, but that permit expires today.
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.