Daily News Archive

Search nearly 75,000 unique Daily News articles.

Daily News Subscription

Qld Premier Again Rules Out Flying Fox Cull

Wednesday, 27th July 2011

With news that a dog “has tested positive to Hendra prompting fears the potentially deadly virus has jumped species”, Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said she believed “the dog posed no risk to people” reported The Courier-Mail. Dr Young emphasised: “For a human to become infected, they would have had to have significant contact with bodily secretions that contain the Hendra virus.” And Queensland Premier Anna Bligh “again ruled out calls to cull flying foxes, which are believed to pass the disease onto horses & then humans”. Bligh summed up: “All the scientific advice from the Chief Vet & others is that culling & trying to relocate bats can in fact make the spread of this disease worse. Bats who carry this virus are much more likely to be excreting the virus if they are in a stressed state.”

« Previous
Return to
27th July 2011 News
Next »