Two Horses Euthanased On Rockhampton Property
Biosecurity Queensland has euthanased two horses at a quarantined property near Rockhampton where a foal died of Hendra virus infection last week.
Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Rick Symons said the horses suddenly became ill showing nervous signs and were put down at the owners’ request to prevent further suffering. “The rapid onset of illness and the clinical signs all suggested Hendra virus infection, which was confirmed by laboratory test results late yesterday,” Dr Symons said. “There are no more horses on the property, but there are still two dogs. They are being monitored daily and the property will remain under quarantine until late August. “Three properties near Mackay also remain under quarantine after a confirmed case of Hendra virus last month.” For more information on Hendra virus contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au