Yet another case of Hendra virus has been confirmed in Rockhampton, which lead to death of a horse. Rather, it has been reported that a woman had a close contact with the deceased horse; has been taken to Brisbane for treatment.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young asserted that the woman will be examined at Princess Alexandra Hospital; the medical reports will further decide what treatment she has to be given.
An antibody treatment has been specially designed, which is given only in worse conditions that are when the exposure of human to the virus infected animal is at high levels. The treatment prevents the growth of the virus in human body.
Recently, it has been given to only three people, out of which two had been given in 2010.
It has been reported that the case of Hendra virus was reported near Rockhampton earlier: it was last night that it was confirmed.
Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer Rick Symons stated that apart from the deceased foal, two other horses and two dogs lived on the same property, where the foal died of the viral infection.
Symons said, "Biosecurity Queensland has quarantined the property and will assess what contact the other horses and dogs had with the infected animal. The property will be quarantined for the next month".
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