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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Australia : Hendra virus claims ninth horse

Via :

" A THIRD horse has died from the Hendra virus in NSW, taking to nine the number of Hendra deaths across two states.

The latest horse to die was a companion to one which died from the virus a fortnight ago on the same quarantined northern NSW property.

"Results of laboratory tests (yesterday) revealed the surviving horse, which was showing signs of illness for more than 24 hours, was carrying the Hendra virus," NSW Chief Veterinary Officer Ian Roth said today.

He said the horse was buried yesterday morning after being euthanased and it was the only other horse on the Wollongbar property.

The first horse in NSW to die was put down at Wollongbar, east of Lismore, on June 30.

Three days later, a Hendra-infected horse died on a property about 200km away in Macksville, on the NSW mid-coast."

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