Time for an online flying-fox fest

September 17, 2011

The Queensland Government's foremost experts on flying foxes and Hendra virus will answer questions during a live streamed online forum later this month.

Biosecurity Queensland, in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Resource Management and Queensland Health, is hosting a panel discussion on Friday, September 23.

The forum will be broadcast online from midday to 1.30pm.

Chief Veterinary Officer Rick Symons said Channel Seven News anchor Sharyn Ghidella would moderate the session.

"Having an independent moderator choose the questions for the panel will ensure the experts focus on the issues the community wants clarified," Symons said.

"We are expecting that flying fox management, developing a Hendra virus vaccine and the latest research will be among the most popular topics."

People are invited to submit their questions for consideration by 5pm, Tuesday, September 20.

The live stream can be watched here or on the Biosecurity Queensland Facebook page on September 23.

The panel of experts comprises:

  • Mr Clive Cook, senior director, Department of Environment and Resource Management.
  • Dr Michael Cleary, Queensland Health's acting chief health officer.
  • Dr Rick Symons, Biosecurity Queensland's chief veterinary officer.
  • Dr Hume Field, Biosecurity Queensland's principal scientist.

Symons said busting the myths surrounding the Hendra virus was a vital step towards ensuring the community and industry was informed and safe.

"It's crucial that people get the correct and latest information about Hendra virus.

"It is particularly important that horse owners are informed about the virus and are aware of the precautions they can take to protect their animals and themselves."


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