Horse Dies of Hendra on Far North Coast

Filed in Uncategorized by June 2, 2020

THE New South Wales Department of Primary Industries has confirmed a 17 year old thoroughbred has contracted the Hendra virus on a property south of Murwillumbah, on the far north coast of NSW.

A private veterinarian took samples from the horse when the owner reported the horse was depressed and was having difficulty breathing, on Friday. During the weekend the horse deteriorated and was euthanised.

Dr Sarah Britton, New South Wales Chief Veterinarian Officer, the was confirmed late Monday evening.

“This is the first case of Hendra virus infection in NSW this year,” Dr Britton said.

“A District Veterinarian from the North Coast Local Land Services is undertaking risk assessments on the property in regards to other animals; at this stage no other animals are showing any signs of ill health and we will continue to monitor their health status.

“Hendra virus infection is notifiable in NSW under the NSW Biosecurity Act and the movement of animals and people on and off the property will be restricted for at least 21 days.”

In New South Wales 23 horses have died from the Hendra virus since 2006, with most cases occurring on the north coast.

The Department of Primary Industry is urging horse owners to remain vigilant as the signs of Hendra virus infection are very non-specific early on.

“The vaccination of horses is the most effective way to help manage Hendra virus disease,” Dr Britton said.

“Owners should also keep their horses away from flowering and fruiting trees that are attractive to bats,” she said.

“Do not place feed and water under trees and cover feed and water containers with a shelter so they cannot be contaminated from above.”

If a horse becomes unwell, owners should keep it away from people and other animals and call their veterinarian.

If a local veterinarian is unavailable, owners should phone the Animal Biosecurity Emergency Hotline: 1800 675 888 1800 675 888.

For more information on Hendra virus visit the DPI website.

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