Hendra Virus Confirmed Near Lismore, New South Wales

The unvaccinated 8-year-old gelding fell ill on Sept. 2 and was euthanized Sept. 3.
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The New South Wales (NSW), Australia, Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has confirmed that a horse residing near Lismore, on the NSW north coast, died of Hendra virus.

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

"The 8-year-old gelding was observed to be unwell on Wednesday (Sept. 2) and was off its food before it collapsed," Roth said. "A private vet collected samples for formal analysis, and the horse was euthanized yesterday. Laboratory tests at Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Unit have confirmed the Hendra virus in the horse.

"Staff from Local Land Services are working closely with the property owners and closely monitoring a second horse on the property,” he continued. “The DPI can confirm there have been no movements off the property in the last 10 days

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