Hendra fears keep properties under quarantine
|Hendra fears keep properties under quarantine - 14th Jun 2012|
TWO Queensland properties remain under quarantine after follow-up tests for the Hendra virus on surviving animals proved inconclusive.|
Authorities confirmed the disease, which can be fatal in humans, killed a horse at an Ingham property and another horse near Rockhampton in separate incidents.
In initial tests, two horses at the Rockhampton property and a dog at the Ingham farm returned positive Hendra results.
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Samples were taken from the dog's mouth, nose and blood but no virus was found. Another test found the virus in the dog's faeces. The dog that showed initial positive results is the second to return a positive test in Australia.
Biosecurity Queensland said yesterday the second batch of tests was inconclusive.
If the dog has the virus it will take about a fortnight to show up in its bloodstream, Biosecurity Queensland said.
The organisation said the animals were under daily observation and more tests on the animals would be conducted this week.
Courtesy Fairfax Digital, The Sydney Morning Herald www.smh.com.au