Queensland State Government has declared people, who had come in contact with a horse detected to be positive for Hendra virus, clear of any risks, as per a recent report. It has been confirmed that they do not need to undergo any testing.
Dr. Jeannette Young, Chief health officer, has told that each of the persons was exposed only up to a low level. The infected horse was found dead on Friday at a Cairns’ property, which has now been put under quarantine to ensure safety.
The report finds that the horse’s case was the sixth one of the total eight cases noted this year. The horse had fallen ill on Wednesday, after which it was found positive for the bacteria, Chief veterinarian Dr. Rick Symons has told. While for the eighth case, the Cairns Equestrian Centre had seen experts from Biosecurity Queensland.
Two horses residing near another victim horse on a farm near Rockhampton were even euthanized. Since, “The rapid onset of illness and the clinical signs all suggested Hendra virus infection”, as per Dr. Symons.
It has been informed that other horses that were found to have visited the site in recent past are also being tested for the deadly virus. Since, exposure to body fluids of a virus victim can cause others to contract the same.