Horse own­ers urged to help with study

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

AF­TER re­cent out­breaks of the deadly hendra virus and the re­lease of a vac­cine for horses, a new long-term study is seek­ing the involvement of horse own­ers from across Aus­tralia to track the im­pacts of the disease.

Hendra virus is found in fly­ing foxes, but has spilled over sev­eral times with deadly con­se­quences, into horses, peo­ple and in one case a dog.

Dr Mel Tay­lor, from the Univer­sity of West­ern Syd­ney’s School of Medicine, said the new re­search would pro­vide a re­source to track horse owner risk aware­ness, mit­i­ga­tion prac­tices, and the ef­fec­tive­ness of government health and safety ad­vice.

“Hendra virus is hav­ing an im­pact be­yond the im­me­di­ate and tragic loss of life,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the sur­vey web­site at hhal­ter.com.au.

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