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Friday, July 22, 2011

Australia : Second-round hendra virus tests negative

Via ABC News, you may want to pay attention to the last line which I've highlighted :

" A number of people who came into contact with a horse that contracted hendra virus at a property near Beaudesert in south-east Queensland have returned negative test results.

It was the second round of blood tests.

Ray Weber, who owns the property at Kerry near Beaudesert where a horse fell sick a month ago, says he is relieved.

"Pretty over the moon... it's a big sigh of relief," he said.

"They told us from the start that we'd probably be a low risk to it all anyway. But it was always in the back of your mind if you did have it."

But Mr Weber says they still have one more round of testing before they can be given the all-clear.

Hendra virus has killed eight horses in Queensland this year.

Authorities are monitoring 51 people for signs of the disease. "

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