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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Australia : Hendra claims three more NSW horses

Article via The Sydney Morning Herald :

" Three more horses have died from the Hendra virus on the NSW north coast, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to nine.

Two horses have died on a South Ballina property and one horse has died on a Mullumbimby property, NSW Chief Veterinary Officer Ian Roth said today.

The precise time of the deaths is not known at this stage.

It follows the death on Monday of another horse at a different property near Ballina, where two other horses were also deemed to be at risk and continue to be monitored.

Dr Roth said seven properties in NSW had now been affected by the Hendra virus.

"It's critical horse owners maintain vigilance against this virus," he said in a statement.

The most recent deaths bring to 19 the number of horses infected with Hendra that have died or been put down since June 20 this year - 10 in Queensland and nine in NSW.

The virus is spread from flying foxes to horses and, rarely, from horses to people.

In one case in Queensland it was transmitted from horses to a dog."

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