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Dog Has Hendra On Qld Property Where Horse Died

Wednesday, 27th July 2011

The Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong “confirmed a dog has tested positive for Hendra virus” on a Queensland property at Mt Alford (near Boonah west of Beaudesert) where a horse recently died from the deadly disease, reported abc.net.au. Queensland chief veterinary officer Dr Rick Symons declared: “It's an unprecedented situation. This is the 1st time outside of a laboratory that an animal other than a flying fox or a horse, or a human, has been confirmed with Hendra virus infection. The dog (a family pet kelpie) is on a property where Hendra virus infection has been confirmed & is currently under quarantine. Biosecurity Queensland's policy is to test cats & dogs on properties where there are infected horses. In this case, the dog returned 2 negative results for the presence of the virus, but a different type of test conducted at AAHL has confirmed the presence of antibodies. This means that at some point the dog has been exposed to the virus, but to our knowledge has shown no signs of illness.” Dr Symons added “it's unclear how the dog contracted the virus” & other animals on the property “are being monitored & show no signs of illness”.

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