Update: Hendra virus infection confirmed at Park Ridge
News release | 05 July, 2011
Tests on a horse at Park Ridge in Logan City have confirmed that the animal died of Hendra virus overnight.
Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Rick Symons said this was the only horse on the property; no horses remain.
"There are horses on neighbouring properties so we are currently assessing the need to quarantine properties in the immediate area," Dr Symons said.
"Biosecurity Queensland and Queensland Health staff are already on the ground doorknocking neighbours to gather information on their animals and to provide them with information about Hendra virus."
Queensland Health´s preliminary assessment has confirmed two people had been in contact with the horse - a vet and the owner. This brings the total number of people who have had suspected contact across all cases to 17.
Dr Symons said three properties in the Beaudesert area were still under quarantine with 28 horses being monitored on these properties.
"A property at Mt Alford, near Boonah, also remains quarantined with seven horses on the property," he said.
"Biosecurity Queensland staff, in conjunction with the horse owners, continue to closely monitor all horses.
"All of these animals will require regular testing throughout July, when any infection will become apparent."
Dr Symons reiterated the need for people to take appropriate precautions when handling any sick horse including wearing appropriate protective clothing and equipment.
For more information contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or visit http://www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au
Media contact: Kirsten Phillips , 3405 6996 or 0439 875 593