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Qld Vet Calls For "Urgent Action" On Hendra

Monday, 25th July 2011

The latest Hendra virus outbreak at Chinchilla “has placed added pressure on the resources of Queensland Health & Biosecurity Queensland” reported abc.net.au. In addition to 10 horse deaths in 8 locatons across the state, “87 horses are being monitored & up to 60 people have been tested since the 1st outbreak last month”. Veterinarian Dr David Lovell, from Redland Bay east of Brisbane, warned “time is running out to determine the cause of so many Hendra virus outbreaks across Queensland”. Lovell said the State Government “needs to allocate more resources to studying the reasons behind the spike in outbreaks” & declared: “Something's different, something has changed. My belief probably is that it is all in the month of July - I think that in a very, very short period of time we have had all these different outbreaks. Why is that suddenly happening? It has never ever been like that before & it's just essential that we know.” Lovell emphasised Biosecurity Queensland “needs all the help it can get to figure it out. They are probably stretched to their limits a little bit now - I would like to see it outsourced. AusVet - their speciality is epidemiology - that is what they do & they have done some brilliant work over the years. I am sure at the CSIRO there are lots & lots of people that aren't directly on the Government payroll at the moment, that I think could be given this as an urgent, immediate project to get out there & find out.”

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