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Monday, July 18, 2011

Australia : Deadly virus scare in center of Sydney

Via Xinhua :

" Reports that the deadly Hendra virus may have spread to Sydney these days have seen the city's largest racetrack shut down and the city in a state of shock. Officials have cordoned off Sydney's Royal Randwick Racecourse after a horse began exhibiting possible Hendra symptoms.

The horse was reported to be showing signs of colic, shifting weight on its forelegs, salivation and fever.

It also showed subtle neurological signs, including "mild depression", and muscle tremors. The horse in question has been tested and while the results have come back negative, the racecourse remains in lockdown as officials scramble to ensure safety precautions are in place."

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