Biosecurity staff clean up after testing a horse for hendra virus.
Biosecurity staff clean up after testing a horse for hendra virus. Alistair Brightman

Quarantine lifted on property

QUARANTINE has been lifted at a Hervey Bay property where a horse died of hendra last month.

But people who came into contact with the animal have not yet been given the all-clear.

A Biosecurity Queensland spokesman said the final quarantine was lifted on the weekend, after three rounds of testing over 32 days.

“All tests results for horses and any other animals tested returned negative results for hendra virus,” he said.

A Queensland Health spokesman said six people who came into contact with the sick horse, including the owners and a veterinarian, have had a series of blood tests to determine whether they have contracted the virus.

“All six human contacts have had their second round of blood tests — all negative,” the spokesman said.

He said the third and final round of testing for this group of people was due to start from August 29, with results due in the following week.

“If results from that third and final round of testing are negative, then an all-clear can be given to those people,” he said.

The team of Biosecurity experts called up to investigate the flying foxes at Hervey Bay are still carrying out their research.

“The presence of hendra virus in flying fox populations can fluctuate week to week, month to month,” the Biosecurity spokesman said. 


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