There have been three cases of the Hendra virus in horses in the northern rivers this year. On rare occasions the virus can be passed from flying foxes to horses if the horses are not vaccinated and usually results in death. The disease can also be transmitted from horses to humans during close contact.
The Lismore Central Veterinary Hospital is holding a free public information night on the Hendra virus this Wednesday, October 18 at the Lismore city hall, starting at 6pm. They will be discussing all aspects of the Hendra virus and have three speakers to address the topic Dr Richard Le’Strange from Zoeitis, Dr Phil Kemsley from the local land services and horse owner Vanessa Cotterill.
To reduce the chance of contracting the Hendra virus horses should be kept away from flowering and fruiting trees that attract bats and water and food troughs should not be kept under tress and kept covered. Hendra virus can cause a range of symptoms in horses. Usually there is a sudden fever and either respiratory or neurological illness. If a horse is unwell other animals and people should be kept away and your vet called immediately. If your veterinarian is unavailable you can call a District Veterinarian with the Local Land Services or the Animal Biosecurity Emergency Hotline on 1800 675 888.
For more information contact the Lismore Central Veterinary Hospital on (02) 66 22 00 44 or email [email protected].