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Qld Stud Bulldozes Trees To Avoid Hendra

Thursday, 21st July 2011

Owner Stan Johnstone at Kenilworth-based Craigslea Stud on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast “has bulldozed 50 fruit trees to prevent an outbreak of Hendra virus on his property” reported abc.net.au. Craigslea was quarantined for a month during a Hendra outbreak in 1994 &, with flying foxes known to be carriers of the deadly virus, Johnstone said he has “cleared the fruit trees to prevent flying foxes from feeding near horses”. He summed up bluntly: “Take away their food source, that's what we've done. They won't come here if there's no food source & that's why we've cut all the fruit trees down. We've given them no reason to come here. It's really only deadly under the drip line of the tree; so for a stud like us, if we can get rid of any food source on the property, then we've got a good chance of not being exposed to it.”

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