Hendra vaccine on the cards
A VACCINE for the deadly Hendra Virus has been approved for horses.
The Equivac HeV vaccine will be available under a Minor Use Permit as of November 1, meaning only veterinarians will be able to administer the vaccine.
Hendra virus has claimed the lives of nine horses this year alone and has no known cure.
Gayndah veterinarian Dr Nathan Hitchcock said he would be ready to administer the medicine “as soon as it’s available”.
“It will be two doses, three weeks apart,” Dr Hitchcock said.
And horses will “need a booster down the track”.
Vaccinated horses were exposed to lethal doses of Hendra in medical trials, and were completely protected.
North Burnett resident Rose Leahy owns around 20 horses and foals and said the vaccine was “good news, especially if you’ve got valuable livestock”.
“There have been a few scares around here, and there is always the threat (of Hendra virus),” Ms Leahy said.
“We would consider it for some of our horses,” she said.
“It just depends on the cost (of the multiple vaccinations).”