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NSW Hendra Outbreak West Of Ballina

Monday, 4th July 2011

Meanwhile a NSW north coast property near Wollongbar, west of Ballina, “has been quarantined after a horse contracted the deadly Hendra virus & was put down & immediately buried” reported The Daily Telegraph. The outbreak “is only the 2nd time the virus, which passes to horses from flying foxes, has been found in NSW”. NSW Health director of health protection Dr Jeremy McAnulty said 9 people “who had close contact with the horse on the Wollongbar property were being monitored for signs of infection”. NSW chief veterinary officer Ian Roth noted: “There are a lot of flying foxes in the area at the moment. The horse had been in a paddock containing a fig tree, so it is likely that flying foxes were the source of infection. However, it is not connected to the Hendra virus outbreak in Queensland. They are separate situations.”

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