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Horse euthanased after Queensland records first case of Hendra virus in five years

The deadly Hendra virus has been detected on a Queensland horse for the first time in five years.

A Department of Agriculture and Fisheries spokesperson said the virus was found in a horse on a Mackay property on Friday.

Biosecurity Chief Veterinary officer Allison Crook said the horse's condition deteriorated rapidly, with the animal having to be euthanased.

It is understood the horse had not been vaccinated against the virus.

"Tracing and risk assessments have been undertaken on other animals on the property," Dr Crook said.

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Article written by: Lillian Watkins

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