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2nd NSW Hendra Outbreak "Further South Than Ever"

Friday, 8th July 2011

Authorities “are working to control the Hendra virus in NSW” after a horse died on a property near Macksville on the mid-north coast, reported The Australian. It's the 3rd ever case in the state “but the 1st death so far south of the NSW-Queensland border.” It follows the death of another horse a week ago at a Wollongbar property, near Lismore on the NSW north coast about 200km away. NSW Chief Veterinary Officer Ian Roth said 3 other horses on the Macksville property were in quarantine, but “not showing any signs of illness”. Roth added there were “no links between the Macksville case & the Wollongbar property or the recent Hendra outbreaks in Queensland”. However Roth did confirmed the horse on the Macksville property had been “in a paddock containing a fig tree. So it is likely that flying foxes (which carry the Hendra virus & are attracted to fig trees) were the source of infection.” Nationwide 7 horses with Hendra have died or been euthanased since June 20 (5 in southern Queensland & 2 in northern NSW). And there are now 17 people in Queensland & 15 in NSW being monitored for signs of Hendra-related illness; all 32 “are now subject to 3 rounds of tests, the results of which won't be known for weeks”. In addition 10 properties are now under quarantine (8 in Queensland & 2 in NSW).

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