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Authorities get Hendra info to wider community

August 26, 2009

Queensland authorities have organised community information centres in the broader Rockhampton area to give the public Hendra virus information.

Queensland's Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries and Queensland Health have combined to staff the centres.

The departments say people will be able to get the latest information and advice on Hendra virus, including good on-farm biosecurity practices.

The Hendra virus is carried by native fruit bats. In rare cases it can be passed on to horses and then to humans. There have been seven known human infections, the latest being Rockhampton vet Dr Alister Rodgers, who was last reported to be in a serious condition in Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Three others potentially exposed to the virus in an outbreak at Cawarall, near Rockhampton, are in hospital for observation.



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