Horse put down in new Hendra virus case
|Horse put down in new Hendra virus case - 28th Jun 2012|
|Biosecurity Queensland says it has detected a new outbreak of the potentially deadly Hendra virus near Mackay.|
Biosecurity officials say a vet treated a gravely ill horse at a property near Mackay in the state's north on Tuesday.
The horse was later put down.
Health authorities say only one other person had contact with the sick animal.
Queensland's chief veterinary officer Dr Rick Symons said the property manager contacted a vet after discovering the horse was gravely ill on Tuesday.
"There are a number of other animals including horses on the property and on adjoining properties," Dr Symons said in a statement.
"Tracing is a priority to determine what contact the infected horse had with other animals on all properties."
Biosecurity Queensland officers are currently in the process of quarantining the property.
Dr Symons said the case was the fourth Hendra virus incident in Queensland this year.
Horse owners are being warned to monitor their animals for signs of the disease.