Two hendra quarantines lifted

TWO properties in the Beaudesert area have had their hendra virus quarantine removed – the first since this year’s Hendra virus incidents began in June.

Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Rick Symons said yesterday with the lifting of the quarantine on two properties at Kerry, they now reverted to their pre-quarantine status and no longer faced any hendra-related restrictions.

“Like all horse owners, the property owners will still need to remain vigilant about the health of their horses,” Dr Symons said.

“Quarantine restrictions are only lifted after the completion of three rounds of testing over 32 days, with all test results returning negative results for hendra virus.

“One remaining property in Beaudesert remains under quarantine as this 32-day period with clear test results has not yet elapsed.”

Biosecurity Queensland is still monitoring animals on properties at Beaudesert, Boonah, Park Ridge, Kuranda, Hervey Bay, Boondall and Chinchilla, with the total number of horses now being monitored standing at 81.

For more information about hendra, contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23, visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or Biosecurity Queensland on Facebook.

What are the signs?

Hendra symptoms in horses can include increased body temperature or fever, increased heart rate, weight-shifting between legs, respiratory distress and nasal discharge. Neurological signs can include “wobbly gait”, apparent loss of vision in one or both eyes, head tilting and circling, muscle twitching, urinary incontinence and an inability to rise.



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