Hen­dra vac­cine ‘no-brainer’

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

DAN­GER: Horses in all parts of Queens­land and North­ern New South Wales are at risk. VAC­CI­NAT­ING against hen­dra virus is a no-brainer.

This virus kills, it kills horses and hu­mans and there is no doubt it will kill again.

“Fly­ing foxes are al­ways on the move and with them hen­dra is al­ways a risk,” vet­eri­nar­ian Dr Anja Sch­midt said.

“Own­ing a horse is a choice, and they cost money, we all know that the added cost of a vac­ci­na­tion is hard to find, but what price do you put on a life?” she said.

Vet­eri­nary clin­ics in Mun­dub­bera and Gayn­dah are join­ing forces and would like to in­vite ev­ery horse owner in the re­gion to a meet­ing.

The im­por­tance of vac­ci­na­tion to stop the hen­dra virus will be high­lighted at Mun­dub­bera Bowls Club next Tues­day night.

One of the guest speak­ers is Natalie Beohm, a nurse from Red­lands Vet Clinic who con­tracted the hen­dra virus and sur­vived.

This is a fas­ci­nat­ing story and one not to miss.

“When you con­sider what it costs to keep a horse (feed­ing, shoe­ing, worm­ing, teeth), the rel­a­tive cost of a vac­ci­na­tion is not ex­ces­sive, and it will save lives,” Dr Sch­midt said.

“Own­ers also need to con­sider the den­tists, far­ri­ers and vets who work with their horses, and those peo­ple at pony clubs and cam­p­drafts who come into con­tact with those horses. Any­one can die from hen­dra,” she said.

The in­for­ma­tion night is on Oc­to­ber 14 at the Mun­dub­bera Bowl­ing Club at 6.30pm for 7pm start


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