Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Horse dies of Hendra Virus near Cairns, Queensland

An eighth Horse has died of Hendra virus near Cairns, Australia.  The horse was seen by a private practitioner on the weekend and tests have confirmed the horse died of Hendra Virus.
Read the full article on the Cairns Hendra Virus Horse Death at Cairns Pet News:

Positive Hendra virus case in North Queensland

Dr Rick Symons
Chief Veterinary Officer
Biosecurity Queensland

Biosecurity Queensland is managing a case of Hendra virus infection near Cairns after test results on a deceased horse came back positive for the virus. 
A private veterinarian attended the sick horse over the weekend. The veterinarian reported clinical signs of ataxia, depression, disorientation, neck muscle fasciculation and recumbency.The veterinarian also reported that the horse had a body temperature of 37.8°C and displayed a rapid deterioration overnight. The affected property will be quarantined to restrict the movement of horses on and off. Tracing will be a priority to determine what contact the deceased horse had with other animals on the property. More information
Notify suspected Hendra virus cases by contacting Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 (during business hours) or the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 (24-hour hotline). More information is available at www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au





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