Australian Stock Horse Society

Hendra Virus case near MurwillumbahAn unvaccinated 31 year old stock equine was found in a dam on a property west of Murwillumbah at about lunch time on Thursday 19th June 2014. It had a low temperature level (28o Celcius), was glassy sighted, recumbent, had progressive lip paralysis and intermittent tremors that recurred when promoted. There was no nasal discharge. The treating veterinarian administered warmed intravenous fluids and gathered samples for Hendra virus testing.
The steed later became feverish and passed away in the early hours of Friday 20th June 2014. The lab advised late on 20th June 2014 that all the samples had tested favorable to the Hendra virus. The home has actually been quarantined and the dead horse has been buried. There are 5 other steeds on the property which up until now stay well. They have actually been tested and vaccinated and remain under observation. .
There are no canines or cats on the property and no neighbouring steeds. There have been no current equine movements off the home. There is regular flying fox activity in the area.
Suggestions for Horse OwnersThis case is a timely reminder of 4 essential things:1. We are going into the season when Hendra virus is more common i.e. the cooler months of the year. The even more typical symptoms of Hendra virus include fever, signs of colic, anxious and breathing symptoms, irregular habits or unanticipated fatalities. Owners with sick steeds should contact their local veterinarian who will inform a Regional Lands Service inspector or an inspector with DPI if they consider the case extremely suspect for Hendra. If your vet is unavailable, and the disease is progressing swiftly, call the Emergency situation Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.2. Steed owners and managers ought to constantly practice great health, even when managing healthy horses.3. Owners should be conscious of the threats connected with dealing with ill equines. The indications of Hendra virus are quite variable so all ill horses need to be managed meticulously and thoroughly. Youngsters, domestic pets and other buddy equines need to not call sick equines.4. Equine owners ought to call their veterinarian to discuss vaccinating their horses for Hendra virus to secure both the horses and their human handlers.
Hendra VaccinationHendra Virus vaccination is the single most effective method of decreasing the danger of Hendra virus infection in both horses and human beings. Human infection and deaths have happened following high-level exposure to body fluids from contaminated horses. Vaccinating equines is a vital measure to prevent this occurring and offers a public health and workplace health and security advantage.
The vaccine should be administered by a vet. 2 dosages are required at first. With over 90,000 dosages administered across Australia to date, current information indicates that the vaccine is safe and negative side effects very little. Some vets may refuse to go to unvaccinated sick horses. Contact your vet for more details about the vaccine.
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