September 2, 2013
A Macksville property has now been cleared from the Hendra virus following extensive testing and decontamination measures.
NSW Acting Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Therese Wright, said the Macksville property was quarantined last month following the detection of the Hendra virus in a horse and a dog.
“All animals on the property have now been cleared, with final testing completed for a cat and dog which had contact with the infected dog,” Dr Wright said.
“The Macksville property was first quarantined on 6th July when Hendra was confirmed in a six year old gelding.
“A dog on the property later contracted the Hendra virus after close contact with the infected horse.
“The remaining animals on the property were tested three times before these quarantine measures were released.
“Since June this year, Hendra has been confirmed in four horses and one dog on four separate properties on the NSW mid north Coast – two properties near Macksville and two properties near Kempsey.
“There are now no NSW properties under quarantine for the Hendra virus with all previously-infected properties completing testing and decontamination requirements.”
Dr Wright said that horse owners need to remain vigilant to minimise exposure of their horses.
“Horse owners are heeding the advice and some 28,000 horses in NSW have now been vaccinated against the virus,” Dr Wright said.
“Vaccination is the single most effective way of reducing the risk of Hendra virus infection in horses.
“With the arrival of spring, horse owners should also keep an eye on fruiting and blossoming trees and ensure horses are kept well away from areas where bats congregate.”