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4th Hendra Outbreak Kills Horse At Park Ridge In Qld

Wednesday, 6th July 2011

The “deadly Hendra virus has claimed another horse on another Queensland property” with authorities confirming the horse “succumbed to the virus” on a property at Park Ridge south of Brisbane, reported abc.net.au. Queensland's chief veterinary officer Dr Rick Symons commented: “A veterinarian was called to a property at Park Ridge yesterday. There was a horse that was off its feed, uncoordinated. The vet took samples & sent them to Biosecurity Queensland for testing & the horse died overnight.” With 4 other horses infected with the deadly virus dying in southern Queensland & 1 on the NSW north coast in the last week, Dr Symons said “concern is building” & noted: “Certainly something is happening out there. For some reason the chances of horses getting Hendra virus appear to have increased.” In Queensland, 3 properties at Beaudesert & 1 further west at Mount Alford “are still under quarantine” & Dr Symons said about 30 other horses “are being monitored on the properties, but the signs are good so far”.

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