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New Hendra virus case in Cairns area 27/7/12
Biosecurity Queensland is quarantining a property in the Cairns area after a horse returned an initial positive test for Hendra virus infection.
Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Rick Symons said the horse was sick on Wednesday (25/7) when it was seen by a private veterinarian.
“The horse was sampled yesterday and results have come back today as positive,” he said.
“The horse died this morning. Tracing is being conducted to indentify other animals that may have come into contact with the deceased horse.
“There are known to be a number of other horses on the property.
“Movement restrictions will apply to horses and horse materials on and off the infected property throughout the quarantine period.”
Queensland Health's public health experts will travel to the property to assess the situation and undertake contact tracing work to ensure all people potentially exposed to the sick horse have been identified.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young reassured the community that transmission of the virus required close contact with body fluids of the sick horse.
"Queensland Health stands ready to provide any assistance, counselling, information, testing or treatment that may be required."
Anyone who is concerned should contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).
This is the sixth Hendra virus incident in Queensland this year. One property at Rockhampton and two properties near Mackay remain under quarantine after recent confirmed cases of Hendra virus infection.
Last Modified: Tuesday 30 April 2013