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18 People "Potentially Exposed In NSW"

Friday, 29th July 2011

Meanwhile the NSW Health Department confirmed 3 people are also “having their risk levels assessed after the horse death” at Mullumbimby, reported abc.net.au. Greg Bell, from the north coast's Public Health Unit, said that brings the total number of people potentially exposed in NSW to 18, of whom “6 have had blood tests but no-one has shown any sign of the disease”. He explained: “We look at what exposure people have had - whether it was a very close exposure to the horse or whether it's just a very low level like patting or something like that. So in most cases veterinarians are the ones who are very close to the horses & they're usually very well protected.” The Mullumbimby property is the 4th in NSW affected by Hendra virus, after properties at Wollongbar, Macksville & Lismore were quarantined earlier in the month. A total of 87 NSW properties “have tested negative for Hendra since June 30, with further antibody testing underway in some properties & results pending for 2 samples”.

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