The manufacturer of the Hendra vaccine is surprised it has taken this long for the deadly virus to reach the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, and along with a Newcastle equine vet, is encouraging horse owners to vaccinate their animals.
Until a 25-year-old mare was euthanased on a property near Scone a week ago, the most southerly case had been at Dondingalong near Kempsey where a horse died in 2013.
But Zoetis Australia's veterinary operations manager, Richard L'Estrange, said there is a risk of Hendra anywhere horses and flying foxes co-exist.
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Article written by: Kim Honan and Eliza Goetze