New South Wales Confirms First Equine Hendra Case of 2015

Officials said an unvaccinated 19-year-old gelding died after showing clinical signs of infection for two to three days.

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The New South Wales (NSW), Australia, Department of Primary Industries (DPI) confirmed June 24 that hendra virus killed a horse residing near Murwillumbah on NSW’s North Coast.

The DPI’s Chief Veterinary Officer Ian Roth said the dead horse has been buried and the property has been placed under quarantine.

"The 19-year-old gelding died on Saturday (June 20) afternoon after showing typical hendra symptoms, including lethargy, for two to three days prior," Roth said. "Samples from the horse were sent for laboratory analysis and results confirmed the Hendra virus.”

Two other horses and two dogs on the quarantined property are being closely monitored for any signs of the virus

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