Equine Veterinarian's Australia (EVA) have confirmed the death of a horse on a property in Queensland from Hendra Virus:

 

"Bio-security Queensland is managing the case after test results on the deceased horse came back positive for the virus. On Saturday a private vet attended a sick horse on the property which presented in a depressed state, with temperature of 39°C and elevated respiration. The horse was moved to a nearby second property where it died on Sunday. Bio-security Queensland began implementing control procedures after blood samples taken from the horse came back positive last night. Other horses on the properties have been quarantined and Bio security Queensland staff are on site today to provide residents in the area with the latest information about Hendra virus. No horses have been transported to veterinary clinics or hospitals. At this stage it is not clear whether any human is at risk. Doctors from Queensland Health's Gold Coast Public Health Unit will offer any testing or treatment to people as required. The AVA National Office communications team is managing media enquiries. This is the 15th known incident of Hendra virus since it was first detected in 1994."

 

EVA have said they will continue to keep members informed as more information becomes available

 

Further information on the Hendra virus can be found via the following link:

 

http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/4790_2900.htm