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4th NSW Horse Dies From Hendra At Lismore
Meanwhile the 4th horse confirmed to have died from Hendra virus in NSW died suddenly in a paddock on a property near Lismore. The property is the 3rd in NSW to be affected by the Hendra virus, with sites on the north coast at Wollongbar & Macksville already quarantined this month. NSW chief veterinary officer Ian Roth noted: “The horse had been in a paddock containing a fig tree, so it is likely that flying foxes were the source of infection.” The news follows an audit of the state's 126 racetracks to assess the exposure of horses to disease-carrying fruit bats & the NSW Department Of Primary Industries has advised trainers to “cover food containers & keep their horses off grass so they can't potentially ingest the urine, faeces or birthing fluid of bats”.