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Hendra Kills 5th Horse In NSW

Friday, 29th July 2011

A 5th horse has died from the Hendra virus on the NSW north coast. The horse “was found dead in a paddock at Mullumbimby on Sunday morning & test results have now confirmed it had Hendra” reported abc.net.au. The NSW Department Of Primary Industries said the horse “was not noticeably ill the day before” & the property “has been placed under quarantine”. Four other horses at the property “are considered at risk & tests will also be carried out on 3 cats & 2 dogs”. NSW DPI senior vet Ian Roth said inspectors “will keep a close eye on the animals. We test them 3 times. We'll test them now, we'll test them at day 16 & at day 32 & we will monitor them every day to make sure they haven't picked it up.” Roth added 1 of the horses was “looking particularly crook”. He also confirmed the DPI “is confident the virus is being spread from flying foxes to horses” & noted: “On this property there was a large fig tree & flying foxes in that fig tree & we've certainly seen that on other properties. We're really encouraging people if there's flying foxes roosting or feeding in trees, to move their horses away from those trees, to move feed & water away from under those trees, to try to stop this transmission happening.”

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