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Australia: Hendra warning after Macleay horse dies - Full Article

By Todd Connaughton
July 9, 2013

HORSE died at a property west of Kempsey on Friday night after contracting the Hendra virus.

Kempsey veterinarian Andrew Bennett yesterday confirmed laboratory tests on samples from the horse tested positive to the virus.

The veterinarian that took samples from the horse, the veterinarian that handled the samples and the owner of the horse have all been contacted by the Department of Health for risk assessment.

A second horse on the property was to be tested yesterday by the district veterinarian.

The death of this horse represents the southern most spread of the virus since it was first recorded in Queensland in 1994, when it killed leading trainer Vic Rail and 14 horses at his property...

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