First Case Of Hendra Virus Confirmed In Queensland For 2017

The first case of the Hendra virus has occurred in Queensland, Australia, since July of 2015. Once horse, which lived in the Gold Coast Hinterland, was euthanized after rapid deterioration from the disease, said HorseTalk.

Queensland Chief Biosecurity Officer, Dr. Jim Thompson, said that tracing and risk assessments are underway to determine if any other animals had contact with the infected horse. Work is being done to ensure that the risk of the Hendra virus is contained on the property. Queensland Health's Public Health experts are also determining if any humans had contact with the infected horse.

The Hendra virus can occur any time throughout the year, so vaccination is key and the most effective way to prevent infection. The horse that was euthanized had not been vaccinated.

Horse owners who have horses that become ill are urged to contact their veterinarian right away. Signs of Hendra virus infection in horses include raised body temperature, increased respiratory rate, nasal discharge, head tilt and circling, muscle twitching, shifting of weight between limbs, depression and urinary incontinence. Read more facts on the Hendra virus here.

The virus is spread from flying fox to horse (via ingestion of food or water contaminated with flying fox body fluids or excretions), horse to horse and horse to people via saliva, urine, blood or nasal discharge.

Read more at the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

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