Australian horse owners are in outrage that the Australian Equestrian Federation (EA) has allowed the FEI veterinary Committee to propose a rule change for compulsory Hendra Vaccination of all horses competing at FEI events in Hendra affected areas of Australia.
Hendra virus was first diagnosed in Australia in 1994. As of August 2019, there have been 62 confirmed incidents of Hendra virus in Australia, resulting in the death of 84 horses. Seven people have been infected with Hendra virus, and four of them have died. All of these cases have been in Queensland or northern New South Wales. No horses or people in WA have been diagnosed with Hendra virus infection.
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