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Four exposed to horse as new Hendra outbreak hits QLD

AT LEAST three dogs and eight horses are being tested for the deadly Hendra virus in the Far North Queensland town where an infected horse was put down on the weekend.

Biosecurity Queensland has confirmed a property in Ingham, near Townsville, remains under quarantine and several animals are being tested.

Four people, who were also potentially exposed to the disease, including the euthanized horses' owner, have opted not to undergo testing.

Since the first dog to test positive to Hendra was put down last year, all dogs which have come in contact with infected horses are tested as a precaution.

Results are expected on Monday.

On Sunday, no other horses in the Townsville area were exhibiting Hendra symptoms.

It's the third time the region has been threatened with a Hendra outbreak this year.

Properties at Ingham were quarantined in January and again in June.

On the second occasion, horses near Rockhampton and Mackay also tested positive to Hendra.

The most recent incident coincided with the release of the first Hendra vaccine for horses.

Since it was first discovered 17 years ago, Hendra has claimed of four people and more than 80 horses.

Topics:  biosecurity hendra virus horses


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