Hendra virus update

BIOSECURITY Queensland is providing more opportunities for horse owners to get the latest information on Hendra virus and reported cases, including details to help protect themselves and their animals against the virus.

Information sessions will be held in various locations around the south-east of the state including one session to be held in Marburg on Monday, July 18 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Marburg Show Hall located at the Showgrounds on Queen Street.

People can pick up comprehensive Hendra virus information packs, as well as talk with Biosecurity Queensland staff and representatives to ask specific questions.

At the time of print, nine properties were currently under quarantine in Queensland with more than 40 horses sampled across all the properties being examined.

Biosecurity officers are also continuing to work with property owners to establish any contact other horses may have had with infected horses.

Hendra virus was first isolated in 1994 from an outbreak of disease at a stable in Hendra, Brisbane.

Since then, more than 40 cases of the deadly virus in horses have been detected from Cairns to northern New South Wales.

However, Hendra virus could potentially occur wherever there are flying foxes.

Suspected cases of Hendra virus must be reported to Biosecurity Queensland. For more information about Hendra virus, contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23, visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or Biosecurity Queensland on Facebook.

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