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Sick Randwick Horse Tests Negative For Hendra

Friday, 15th July 2011

Racing NSW confirmed samples from a racehorse stabled & trained at Royal Randwick in Sydney were tested yesterday “for the possibility of Hendra virus infection & returned negative”. Early yesterday morning, the horse was reported to be “off colour, showing signs of colic, excessive salivation & had a mild fever; it also showed subtle neurological signs, including mild depression, muscle tremors & shifting weight on its forelegs”. The horse was treated by the attending veterinarian for colic, but “as the symptoms are also those of Hendra Virus, as a precaution samples for testing were also collected & submitted to the State Virology Laboratory at Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute at Camden. The samples tested negative & by yesterday afternoon the horse’s clinical signs “improved & it appeared to be eating & drinking normally”. However Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys warned: “This incident heightens the need for Randwick trainers & their staff, and indeed all NSW racehorse trainers, to be vigilant for the possibility of Hendra virus infection in horses in their care. Randwick is potentially vulnerable due to the large population of flying foxes known to inhabit the adjacent Centennial Park, with considerable numbers of these animals observed to visit the racecourse precinct to feed on the fruits of the many fig trees on course. Flying foxes are known to be the source of Hendra virus infection.” V’landys also advised that yesterday afternoon Racing NSW chairman of stewards Ray Murrihy & chief veterinarian Craig Suann “inspected the stables & yards at Royal Randwick Racecourse to ensure that trainers are acting on previous advice from Racing NSW & are taking the necessary measures to minimise the risk of infection to both horses & humans.”

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