Hen­dra mis­con­cep­tions

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND’S peak horse in­dus­try body has ex­pressed se­ri­ous con­cerns about re­cent re­ports im­ply­ing that poor nu­tri­tion has played a part in the in­ci­dents of Hen­dra virus.

Queens­land Horse Coun­cil Inc pres­i­dent Mrs Deb­bie Dekker said it is was worrying that some horse own­ers may be mis­led into think­ing that if their horses are healthy and they are feed­ing them, they don’t have to worry about fol­low­ing the prac­ti­cal and thor­ough guide­lines that are rec­om­mended.

She said the past few years had shown that the Hen­dra virus, though rare, could oc­cur with any horse and their hu­man han­dlers, any­where and at any time of year, in good sea­sons and in bad.

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